Three dead in Knife attack in French church, woman beheaded

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Knife attack in France
Knife attack in France

New Delhi : One woman was beheaded and two other men were killed in a knife attack in the French city of Nice on Thursday, said police.

Mayor Christian Estrosi acknowledged the attack on Twitter and informed that the cops have detained the attacker. He called it a terrorist attack.

The police have confirmed three deaths and claimed many people have been injured in the incident. News reports claimed that a woman has been beheaded in the attack.

The French anti-terrorism prosecutor's department said it had been asked to investigate the attack. 

Reuters journalists at the scene said police armed with automatic weapons had put up a security cordon around the church, which is on Nice's Jean Medecin avenue, the city's main shopping thoroughfare. Ambulances and fire service vehicles were also at the scene.

The fresh attack comes at a time when France is already facing the heat of protests against the brutal beheading of a school teacher last month.

It was not immediately established if the Nice attack has been done with the same motive of taking revenge for Prophet Mohammad.