Knife Attack in Nice


Linnea Fry, Writer

A recent knife attack at the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basilica in Nice, France, has left 3 dead, and others severely injured, after what police think was a terror attack took place.

The suspect of the attack, Brahim Aioussaoi was later shot in the leg, and received medical attention, while screaming “Allahu Akbar”- a muslim meaning for ‘God is most great’, used in prayers and as a general declaration of faith. The knife attack is not the first hate crime in France after the government defended a cartoon denigrating the prophet Muhammad, causing an uproar in several places around the world.

In an interview with BBC news, the French president Emmanuel Macron said: “If we are attacked once again it is for the values which are ours: freedom, for the possibility on our soil to believe freely and not to give in to any spirit of terror.”.

The attack is similar to one in October, after a teacher was also killed in the Paris suburbs with a knife. The attack was to do with the teacher showing his class cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, teaching the class about free expression. After the government announced that it was among the human right and freedom, France had received extreme backlash.

Two of the victims died inside the church; a 60-year-old woman, and a 55-year-old man. The last victim was a 44-year-old woman named Simone Barreto Silva, a woman who worked as a caretaker to the elderly, she had lived in France for 30 years, and was native to Brazil. Her friends and neighbors are all coming together to grieve for the single mother. She died tragically after being stabbed several times, and running to a cafe across the street, where she later died.

France is remembering the lives that have been lost, and are currently finding ways to enforce police and military strength, in order to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.