He entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa from Tunisia aboard a migrant ship in September, according to reports BBC on Friday (30/10/2020).
A police source said that a person named Brahim Aouissaoui was identified as the attacker.
Suspect is in critical condition in hospital at the moment, said France’s chief anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-François Ricard.
President Emmanuel Macron said the killings were “terrorist attacks”.
After the attack on the church, Macron said he had deployed an increase in the number of troops from 3,000 to 7,000 to protect public places, such as churches and schools.
France has raised national security alerts to the highest level, and in line with that, anti-terror prosecutors have started an investigation.
The stabbing took place on Thursday at the church at Nice city, Southern France, which is then reminiscent of another attack in early October, near a school northwest of Paris.
Samuel Paty, a teacher who was beheaded in the tragedy, after showing Prophet Muhammad cartoon controversially, to its students as school subject matter.
Murder Paty has escalated tensions in France and Macron has defended the teacher, saying it is right to publish the controversial cartoon.
Macron said he wanted to crack down on Islamic radicals, which angered Turkey and other Muslim-majority countries.
The suspect, who was arrested at a church in Nice, France, shouted something repeatedly before being shot by police.
A Quran, 2 telephones and a 30-centimeter knife were found carried by the suspect, said François Ricard.
“We also found the bag left by the attacker. Next to this bag are 2 knives that were not used in the attack,” said François Ricard.
“If we are attacked once again which point to the values that belong to us, namely freedom, which is the land we believe in, and will not surrender to the power of terror,” said Macron after visiting the scene in Nice.
“I said it very clearly once again today, we will not give up on anything,” said Macron.
Victim attack on the city of Nice
There are 3 victim in the attack on the Nice city church, in which all three were attacked inside the basilica, on Thursday morning (10/29/2020), before the first mass of the day.
Two people died inside the church, each 60 years old who were “almost beheaded,” and a 55-year-old man had his throat cut.
The male victim was a staff member who was responsible for caring for the church. He is rumored to have a wife and 2 children.
Another victim was a 44-year-old woman, who managed to escape to a nearby cafe after being stabbed several times, but died later.
It was later discovered that a witness had managed to sound the alarm with a special protection system installed by the city.
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Chloe, an eye witness who lives near the church, told BBC“We heard a lot of people screaming in the street. We saw from the window that there were many, many policemen coming, and shots, lots of shots.”
Four police officers arrived at the scene at 8:57 am local time. Then, the attacker was shot and detained not long after, said chief anti-terrorist prosecutor François Ricard.
Four years ago Nice was the site of one of the worst militia attacks in France, when a Tunisian drives a truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on July 14. There were 86 victims died.
Governments around the world condemned Thursday’s attack on the city of Nice, including European neighbors France, the US, Turkey, Egypt, Qatar and Lebanon.