An armed attacker shouting, “Allahu Akbar,” beheaded a woman and killed two others at a church in the French city of Nice Thursday morning, in a suspected terrorism attack, according to officials.
The assailant was wounded by police and hospitalized after the killings at the Notre Dame Church, less than a mile from the site in 2016 where another attacker plowed a truck into a Bastille Day crowd, killing dozens.
Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, said the attacker had shouted the phrase “Allahu Akbar,” or God is greatest, even after he had been detained.
“The suspected knife attacker was shot by police while being detained, he is on his way to the hospital, he is alive,” Estrosi said, according to Reuters.
“Enough is enough,” he added. “It’s time now for France to exonerate itself from the laws of peace in order to definitively wipe out Islamo-fascism from our territory.”
One of the people killed is believed to be the church warden, according to Estrosi.
Thursday’s incident is the third attack in France since the opening of a terrorism trial in September into the January 2015 killings at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket.
Earlier this month, a French middle school teacher was beheaded by a man of Chechen origin near Paris. The attacker had said he wanted to punish the teacher for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics lesson, according to Reuters.
French President Emmanuel Macron was headed to Nice later Thursday.