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Jakarta Post

Indonesia condemns deadly knife attack at church in Nice, France

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 30, 2020   /   06:23 pm
Indonesia condemns deadly knife attack at church in Nice, France Members of the elite French tactical police unit RAID enter to search the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice as forensics officers wait after a knife attack in Nice on Thursday. (AFP/Valery Hache)

The government has condemned the recent attack that left three people dead and several others injured inside the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice, France, on Thursday while ensuring the safety of Indonesian citizens living there.

“Our deepest condolences and sympathies go out to the victims and their families,” the Foreign Ministry tweeted on Thursday.

According to the ministry, the Indonesian Embassy in Paris and Consulate General in Marseilles are in active coordination with relevant authorities on the ground to check on the condition of Indonesian citizens.

There are a total of 4,023 Indonesians living in France, of whom 25 live in Nice and its surroundings. No Indonesian casualties were reported in the attack, the ministry said.

The brutal killings came only two weeks after a French teacher was decapitated outside his school north of Paris.

Three people were killed, with a 60-year-old woman and a 45-year-old church sacristan having their throats slit, AFP reported.

The other victim, a 44-year-old woman, died from multiple knife wounds after fleeing to a nearby restaurant.

A suspected knifeman, later identified as Brahim Aouissaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian, was arrested after being shot and wounded by police.

The French government has raised the security alert status after the incident, which President Emmanuel Macron described as an “Islamist terrorist attack”. (syk)