Tragic final words of Nice terror attack victim before she was killed

The tragic words of one of the Nice terror attack victims before she was slaughtered were of her children.

One of the three dead people is believed to have said: "Tell my children that I love them," after being attacked in the French city's Notre-Dame basilica at around 9am on Thursday morning.

It came as France's chief anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard says the bodies of two victims were found in the church. A 60-year-old woman and 55-year-old church worker, named as Vincent Loques, were both cut in the throat.

The attacker has been named as 21-year-old Tunisian man Brahim Aioussaoi, who arrived by boat to the Italian island of Lampedusa in September.

Mr Ricard said the suspect was born in 1999 and entered France from Italy on October 9 having travelled north from the city of Bari in southern Italy. He was carrying an Italian Red Cross document.

Aioussaoi travelled to Nice by train from Paris and changed his clothes before walking 400m to the Notre-Dame church.

Following the attack, in which one of the victims was decapitated with a foot-long blade, he shouted 'Allahu Akbar' (meaning God is greatest in Arabic) after being arrested by police.

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Aioussaoi is recovering in hospital after being shot by officers. Police described the scene as "a vision of horror".

Mr Loques was the first victim to be named. Local politician Eric Ciotti tweeted a picture of the church worker as he said he was "extremely devoted to the church".

It is believed he had two children.

President Emmanuel Macron visited Nice after the attack to meet with police and emergency workers.

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Security has been stepped up in France as the country prepares to enter a second national coronavirus lockdown on Friday. An extra 4,000 troops have been deployed to protect schools and churches.

The bloodshed in Nice was one of number of incidents on a dark day France, less than two weeks after French schoolteacher Samuel Paty was beheaded for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his students.

A man was shot dead in the city of Avignon after threatening the public with a weapon while two other men were arrested, one for carrying a knife near a church in Sartrouville, on the outskirts of Paris, and another for carrying a blade in Lyon.

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A guard at the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was stabbed and wounded by a knifeman.

President Macron said France was "under attack" but added that the country will not give in to terror.

He said: "It is France that is under attack.

"If we have been attacked once again, it is because of our values, our taste for freedom.

"The freedom to believe freely and not give in to any terror. We will give in to nothing.

"Today we have increased our security to deal with the terrorist threat."

Nice suffered an horrific terror attack in 2016 when Tunisian national Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a cargo truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day, killing 86 and injuring another 458.

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