Fresh tragedy averted: Lyon’s district mayor hails police who arrested man with ‘LONG KNIFE’ after suspected terror attack in Nice
The mayor of the Perrache district, located in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon, announced on Thursday that law enforcement had arrested a man who was carrying a “long knife.”
“Thank you to the police for their effective intervention which made it possible to avoid a new tragedy!” tweeted Mayor Pierre Oliver.
The suspect was an Afghan national armed with a 30-centimeter knife, local media reported. He was detained after trying to board a streetcar.
LATEST 🚨A man has been arrested by the national police in #Perrache armed with a long knife - per Mayor of the 2nd arrondissement #LyonIMPORTANT: No evidence of any links to incidents https://t.co/QhCYVGQqsH— Matthew Holroyd (@MTHolroyd) October 29, 2020
Hours earlier, three people were killed at a church in Nice. The suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he used a knife to attack the congregation. Later, French media reported that a knife-wielding man was fatally shot after trying to assault a group of police officers in the southeastern city of Avignon.
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