At least two people have been killed and others injured in a suspected terrorist attack at the Notre Dame basilica in the southern French city of Nice, French authorities said Thursday.
At 9.00 a.m. local time (4.00 a.m. ET) a man armed with a knife killed two women and wounded several other people, one critically, French police confirmed to NBC News. The suspect was shot and taken to hospital, the police added.
Local police are at the scene as well as bomb squads to ensure no other threat, the police said.
The Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, tweeted Thursday that the suspect had been arrested and that all indicated that it was a terrorist attack inside the Notre Dame basilica in the center of the city.
France's Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said he was holding a crisis meeting at the Interior Ministry. Local police tweeted that there was an operation underway in the Notre Dame area in central Nice.
The attack comes almost two weeks after an 18-year-old Chechen refugee decapitated a school teacher, who had shown pupils controversial Charlie Hebdo caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad during a civics class debate on freedom of expression. The caricatures are considered blasphemous by Muslims.
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