Forensic sources said on Sunday that French police made two new arrests in an attack on a church in the southern town of Nees, killing three people as officials sought to understand the profile of the alleged killer.
Authorities are currently holding a total of six people to question whether they were related to Tunisian Brahim Issaui, who prosecutors said was attacked with a knife in Notre Dame Basilica on Thursday morning.
It is not yet known whether it had outside help for the attack, which French President Emmanuel Macron has called an act of “Islamist” terror and has constituted a series of attacks in recent weeks in France.
A judicial source told AFP that those detained were between 25 and 63 years old and were arrested at the home of a person detained earlier today.
Three other people detained before Isoui’s alleged links are in detention.
Issaui has been shot and killed by police several times and is currently in critical condition in hospital. Investigators were unable to interview him and his exact motivation is unclear.
Another source said on Saturday it was too early to question whether the others were entangled, what his motivation was to come to France and when the idea took hold he was asked not to be nominated on Saturday. .
The source said that the information on the two phones connected to it and the investigations of the Tunisian authorities will also be decisive.
Investigators believe Issaui illegally arrived in Europe on September 20 via the Italian Mediterranean island of Lampedusa.
He arrived at the Italian port of Bari on October 9 before arriving in Nice two days before the attack.
France is angry at the republic in early September of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad from Charlie Hebdo Weekly, which was followed by attacks outside its former offices, condemning a teacher and now an attack in Nice.
On Saturday, a Greek Orthodox priest was seriously injured by an assailant armed with a rifle saw during a shooting outside a church in the French city of Lyon.
A police source said Nikolaos Kakavalaki, 52, was closing his church in Lyon mid-afternoon when he was attacked and is now in critical condition.
The attacker escaped but the Lyon prosecutor later announced that the motivation for the attack was unclear, while a suspect was arrested.
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