The Foreign Ministry of Libya’s UN-backed government on Thursday condemned the knife attack near the Notre-Dame Church in the French city of Nice.
“The Foreign Ministry condemns the attack that took place today at the Notre-Dame Church in the French city of Nice. The Ministry offers its deepest condolences to the relatives of those who lost their lives in this attack, and wishes a speedy recovery for those who were injured,” the ministry said in a statement.
“The Ministry stresses that there is no reason that can justify the killing of innocent people or justify violence against them, especially in a place of worship. The Ministry rejects all kinds of terrorism and violence, against which our true religion calls to fight and eliminate,” the statement said.
An investigation has been opened into the knife attack that has left at least three dead and several others injured on Thursday morning, according to France’s national anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office.
France has been on high alert after a knife attack near the former office in central Paris of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on September 25 and the beheading of a history teacher outside a middle school in Paris suburbs on October 16.