France faces more ‘terrible attacks’ after terrorist killed three in Nice knife rampage, minister warns

FRANCE faces more "terrible attacks" in the wake of this week's knife rampage in Nice, a minister has warned.

Gerald Darmanin, the country's interior minister, said more attacks were likely as France was engaged in a "war against Islamist ideology".

Speaking after a defence council meeting, Mr Darmanin told RTL Radio: "We are in a war against an enemy that is both inside and outside.

"We need to understand that there have been and there will be other events such as these terrible attacks."

His comments came after Brahim Aoussaoui stormed the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, south of France, with a 12-inch knife on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Tunisian migrant killed mum-of-three Simone Barreto Silva, 44, church warden Vincent Loques, 54, and 60-year-old Nadine Devillers.

A team of four local police officers stormed the church through a side entrance and shot the terrorist with a taser and firearms as he yelled "Allahu akbar".

The attacker was taken to hospital with serious wounds where he remains in a critical condition as anti-terrorist police launched an investigation into the bloody rampage.


Simone Barreto Silva was said to have "died like a warrior" after fighting the terrorist, despite being stabbed multiple times.

Mr Loquès, a dad-of-two, was the building's sacristan, and was preparing for the first Mass of the day when he was attacked.

Meanwhile Nadine Devillers was brutally beheaded as she attended church.

The horror killings come just weeks after Aboulakh Anzorov, 18, was shot dead by police shortly after killing teacher Samuel Paty in a northern suburb of Paris.

The 47-year-old is understood to have been killed because he showed his class a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. 

Jean-Yves Le Driann, the French foreign minister, warned that citizens faced a security risk "wherever they are" in the wake of the attacks.

France is to increase the number of soldiers deployed to protect schools and religious sites from around 3,000 to 7,000.

Some have already arrived in Nice, along with 120 police reinforcements.

Locals yesterday braved a nationwide Covid lockdown to pay their respects before the Basillica.

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