Radicalised Man Makes Death Threats at Basilica Where Migrant Terrorist Killed Three

NICE, FRANCE - OCTOBER 29: Police patrol at night in front of basilica on October 29, 2020 in Nice, France. A man armed with a knife fatally attacked three people in the church, located in the heart of the city. (Photo by Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images)
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Police arrested a 27-year-old man on a terrorism watchlist after he made death threats at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, the site of a terrorist attack in October.

The 27-year-old is said to have entered the basilica on Saturday and attempted to steal a church donations box but was confronted by a staff member and several parishioners who stopped him.

The man was then said to have made death threats towards the people in the basilica, saying, according to Actu 17: “I’m going to come back, and I’m going to kill you all.”

After staff activated an emergency call button, police arrived and arrested the 27-year-old, who is said to have been intoxicated at the time.

Days after the arrest, it was revealed that the man was already known to the police and had been radicalised. He is also on the S-File terror watchlist, a database that contains tens of thousands of radicalised individuals.

The 27-year-old admitted to the death threats but claimed he did not threaten a terrorist attack. Investigators also noted that he had violated an order that prohibited him from leaving the department (county) of Haut-Rhin in relation to other issues with the authorities.

The incident comes after Tunisian illegal immigrant Brahim Aouissaoui killed three people at the same basilica in October in a terrorist attack.

Aouissaoui had come illegally from Tunisia to Italy just weeks before the attack and made his way to France. According to text messages obtained from his mobile phone, he set out to go to France specifically to carry out an attack but had originally wanted to target Paris.

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