A forensic source said on Friday that a 47-year-old man believed he was in contact with suspect Naifman who killed three people at a church in the French town of Nees. He was held for questioning.
A 21-year-old Tunisian who arrived in France on October 9 was arrested Thursday evening following an attack at the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice.
The attacker identified as Brahim Auisoui, had a copy of the Koran, two phones and three knives when he arrived in the Mediterranean city center at 8:30 am, said Jean-François Ricard, French counterterrorism prosecutor. Admitted to church.
He strangled a 60-year-old woman and a 55-year-old man, who worked in the church, and stabbed a 44-year-old woman who managed to escape but later died from her injury.
The victims were “targeted just because they were in this church at the time,” Rickard said at a press conference Thursday night.
President Emanuel Macron called it an “Islamist terrorist attack”, and the government kept its terrorist alerts to a maximum level before the Catholic holiday of All Saints on Sunday.
Macron is holding an emergency meeting with key ministers on Friday over the attack.
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