Libya condemns church attack in French city Nice

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French police officers control the identity of a couple as they patrol near the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, atop the Montmartre hill in Paris on October 30, 2020, as France placed its terror alert at maximum ahead of the Catholic holiday of All Saints Day, one day after a knife attack in a church of Nice. - A knife attacker killed three people, cutting the throat of at least one woman, inside a church in Nice on the French Riviera on October 30. The brutal killings come only two weeks after a French teacher was decapitated outside his school north of Paris by an Islamist extremist, after the teacher showed his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed during a lesson on freedom of speech. (Photo by THOMAS COEX / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)
French police officers check the identity of a couple as they patrol near the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, atop the Montmartre hill in Paris, France. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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