- France has been hit by two terror attacks and the world is reeling
- The first occurred at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Nice and the second in Avignon
- Three people have now been confirmed dead in the presumed terrorist attack
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In what can be termed as a sad day, two terrorist incidents have occurred in France. The first incident happened at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Nice where a knifeman beheaded an elderly female parishioner and a male church warden.
The gunmen also fatally stabbed a second woman and wounded several others before he was shot and subsequently arrested by the police, Daily Mail reports.
In another development, another gun-wielding man was fatally shot after he threatened people on the streets of Avignon while shouting "Allahu Akbar".
However, the attack has been condemned by the French Council of the Muslim Faith. As a result of this, the council urged Muslims in France to cancel all the Mawlid festivities.
Mawlid is celebrated by some Muslims to mark the birthday of Islam's Prophet Mohammed.
The council wrote:
“I strongly condemn the terrorist attack that took place near the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice. As a sign of mourning and solidarity with the victims and their families, I call on the Muslims of France to cancel all the Mawlid festivities."
Also, the Turkish Foreign Ministry, while offering their condolences to the relatives of those who lost their lives, strongly condemned the attack. The statement read in part:
“There is no reason that can justify killing a person or justify violence. It is clear that those who organised such a brutal attack in a holy place of worship do not have any religious, humanitarian and moral values."
Meanwhile, in Nigeria, in less than 48 hours after an initial attack Boko Haram insurgents again ambushed Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state. The attack happened on Sunday, September 27 along the Monguno-Maiduguri axis of the state.
The attack occurred while the convoy of the governor was reportedly returning from Monguno, about 80km drive from Maiduguri, the capital of the state.
In other news, Briefly.co.za earlier reported France will be heading back to national lockdown this week in an attempt to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
French President Emmanuel Macron held an address on Wednesday evening to announce the move, which is set to last until at least 1 December.
The newly implemented restrictions are similar to those first imposed by the French government when infections and fatalities had first hit its peak, however, most schools will remain open during this period.
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