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At least three people were killed in an attack with a knife at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, the French police confirm.

A suspect has been shot and arrested.

According to an insider at the police, a woman has been decapitated, but the authorities have not yet confirmed this.

The mayor of Nice speaks of a terrorist act.

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The attack took place in and around Notre-Dame in Nice on Thursday around 9 a.m.

The suspect is still alive and has been taken to hospital, Mayor Christian Estrosi said.

Initiates speak of six injured, but authorities have not confirmed this number.

The French anti-terrorism unit will investigate the matter.

More than two hours after the attack, police in the southern French city of Avignon shot dead a man who had threatened passersby with a gun.

No one else was injured.

For the time being, there are no indications that it is a terrorist attack, the police said.

An incident also took place in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi authorities arrested a man who attacked a guard at the French consulate in Jeddah with a "sharp object," the French embassy reported on Twitter.

The guard has been taken to hospital and is out of danger.


Police fires shots in church after knife attack in Nice

Suspect Nice is quickly arrested

The suspect in Nice was arrested soon after the attack.

He was shot during his arrest, Mayor Estrosi said.

Estrosi says that one of the victims killed in Notre-Dame of Nice may be the sexton of the church.

Emergency services and the police are massively present at the church.

French President Emmanuel Macron is soon visiting Nice.

French media report that the National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, has been silent for a minute.


Mayor Nice: Attacker kept shouting 'Allahu akbar'

Multiple violent incidents in a short time

The Nice attack follows two weeks after the murder of French teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded in Paris by a suspected extremist Islamist.

Paty had shown a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in a lesson on freedom of speech.

Whether there is a connection to the murder of Paty has not yet been established.

It is also not certain whether this incident has anything to do with extremist Islamism.

Mayor Estrosi says the attacker shouted "Allahu akbar" ("God is the greatest") during the attack and his arrest and speaks of "Islamo-facism".

France has announced that it will tackle radical Islamist organizations after the murder of Paty.

This is causing tensions between France and Islamic countries such as Egypt and Turkey.

In 2016, France was also shocked by a knife attack on a church, in which two supporters of the Islamic State (IS) murdered an 84-year-old priest.