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Nice Attacker Identified as Recently Arrived Tunisian Migrant

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French authorities identified the Notre Dame Basilica attacker in Nice as a 21-year-old Tunisian national who entered France earlier this month.

French authorities identified the Notre Dame Basilica attacker in Nice as Brahim Aouissaoui,  a 21-year-old Tunisian national who entered France earlier this month.

Aouissaoui reportedly had an Italian Red Cross document, issued after he arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa by migrant boat in September.

Italian media outlets have said that Aouissaoui went ashore with other migrants by boat and was brought to Bari in October.

Aouissaoui was shot and killed by police for killing two women, ages 60 and 44, and a 55-year-old man who was the sexton of the church.

Before Aouissaoui died from his gunshot wounds, he claimed responsibility for the attack and kept screaming “Allahu Akbar.”

French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to protect schools and places of worship by deploying security personnel to vulnerable places. 

Macron said during his visit to the basilica after the attack that France had been attacked “over our values, for our taste for freedom, for the ability on our soil to have freedom of belief.”

France’s prime minister Jean Castex also announced that the country had raised its security alert status to the highest level and that 7000 troops have been deployed so far.

“Quite clearly, it is France that is being attacked. If we are attacked, it is because of our values,” added Macron.