A man suspected of carrying out a deadly terror attack at a church in Nice has been named by police sources.
Brahim Aouissaoui, 21, allegedly shouted “Alluah akbar” as he knifed to death two women and a man at the city’s Notre-Dame basilica on Thursday morning.
It marks the third terrorist attack in two months in France that authorities have attributed to Muslim extremists, including the beheading of a teacher.
The suspect, originally from Tunisia, left his native country in the summer and landed in France, via the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, on October 9, French prosecutors said.
The day of the attack, he arrived by train carrying an Italian Red Cross identity document.
He then changed his clothes at the train station before walking the 400 metres to the basilica to begin his deadly assault, surveillance footage suggests.
The attacker reportedly burst into the building where people were praying and cut the throat of a 60-year-old woman. He also slashed the throat of a 55-year-old church worker and stabbed a 44-year-old woman.
She then fled to a nearby restaurant but died of her wounds shortly after.
Police rushed to the scene, shooting and critically wounding the 21-year-old. He is now being treated in hospital.
France’s counter-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said the attacker, who was born in 1999, was not known to intelligence agencies as a potential threat.