President Barzani denounces ‘terror act’ in France’s Nice city

Attack left three fatalities
An undated photo of Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani (File)

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SULAIMANI —Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani on Friday (October 30) condemned the knife attack in Notre-Dame Basilica church in France’s Nice city on Thursday morning, which caused the deaths of three people, including a decapitated woman.

“I condemn the terror act against civilians in the French city of Nice, that killed a number of people,” Barzani said in a tweet.

“I extend my condolences to the people and government of France and share their grief during this difficult time.”

On Thursday morning, a knife-wielding Tunisian national shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in the church before being shot and taken away by police, according to Reuters.

French President Emanuel Macron visited the venue following the stabbing attack and said that France “again was attacked by “Islamist terrorism,”.

“This is the third time Islamist terrorism has hit your city, its inhabitants. I know the shock you feel, with you the whole country, and I believe it, with the whole world. Let us not yield to any spirit of terror,” Macron said in a Facebook post.

“Our country is our values, whether everyone can believe or not believe that every religion can exercise itself. Our determination is absolute. Actions will follow to protect all our fellow citizens,” he said.

He also said that the French army “will be more mobilized in the next few hours as part of Operation Sentinel, we will go from 3,000 to 7,000 soldiers.”

The attack came just almost a fortnight after a French history teacher was decapitated by an 18—year-old Chechen national attacker in a Paris suburb after the teacher previously showed the cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad to his students in a lesson about freedom of expression.

Many Muslims around the worlds were outraged by the cartoons as deemed blasphemous in Islam and held protests in scores in the Muslim predominately countries and around the world calling for the boycotting of the French-manufactured goods.

(NRT Digital Media)