Judicial Source: Man in Custody Over Alleged Links to Nice Attacker

PARIS (Reuters) -
French President Emmanuel Macron and Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi visit the scene of a knife attack in Nice, France, Thursday. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard/Pool)

A 47-year-old man has been taken into custody on suspicion of having been in contact with the perpetrator of Thursday’s deadly knife attack in Nice, a judicial source said.

On Thursday, a knife-wielding attacker shouting “All-hu Akbar,” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the French city before being shot by police and taken away.

The source said the 47-year-old suspected of having been in contact with the attacker had been detained late on Thursday evening, confirming an earlier report on BFM.

France’s chief antiterrorist prosecutor, Jean-Francois Ricard, said the man suspected of carrying out the attack was a Tunisian, born in 1999, who had arrived in Europe on Sept. 20 in Lampedusa, the Italian island off Tunisia that is a major landing point for migrants from Africa.

A Tunisian security source and a French police source named the suspected attacker as Brahim Aouissaoui.

Ricard said the suspected attacker had entered the city by train early on Thursday morning.