Reports from France suggest that an unnamed Afghan man armed with a 30-centimeter long knife has been arrested in Lyon. The Afghan man was arrested on the same street where a terrorist bomb attack took place in 2019, the explosion left 13 dead. The Afghan man was arrested at approximately 12 o’clock at noon while he was on his way to board a tram-train. France has declared a state of emergency due to the terror attacks in the country today.
Afghan man with a long knife arrested in Lyon, France
The unnamed Afghan man is currently being investigated by the authorities. His profile indicates that he is 26 years old, he also holds a residence permit. Investigation reveals that this was an attemped terror attack that was curbed by the authorities. The police are looking into his phone and other possessions to derive evidence. If the attack would have been sucessful, this would have marked fouth terror attack of the day in France. The political and social instability in France is at an all time high right now.
In morning, three people were brutally killed in a knife attack. The attack took place at a church in the city of Nice. The Mayor of Nice described it as “terrorist attack at the heart of the Notre-Dame basilica.” One of the victims involved an elderly person who had come to pray at the church. The suspect was shot by the police and detained by authorities afterwards.
The Mayor also emphasized “Islamo-fascism”, he also revealed that the suspect had repeatedly chanted “Allahu Akbar (God is great)”. The victims of the atrocious attack included an elderly woman and a man who had come to pray inside the church, the other victim was a woman who was stabbed several times but managed to flee to a nearby cafe. However, she succumbed to the injuires later.
Terror spreads in France
A witness told a news channel, “We heard many people shouting in the street. We saw from the window that there was many, many policemen coming, and gunshots, many gunshots. ” The threat of terrorism in France is at an all time high right now, just like it was back in 2015-16 during the days of Charlie Hebdo scandal.
Boris Johnson tweeted, “I am appalled to hear the news from Nice this morning of a barbaric attack at the Notre-Dame Basilica. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and the UK stands steadfastly with France against terror and intolerance. ” The world has poured in sympathy and prayers for France. Even Turkey, which has harbored strained ties with France after the remarks of the French President condemned the “savage” knife attack. Matteo Bruni, the Vatican spokesperson emphasized that these terror attacks had “brought death to a place of love and consolation.”