Avignon horror: Gunman shot dead by police in street hours after Nice terror attack

The man was shot dead in Montfavet, near the city of Avignon in the south of France. He was allegedly shot around 11.15am but it is not being treated as a terrorist incident. After threatening the public with a weapon, police opened fire and killed the assailant according to Europe 1. 

An investigation has now been launched into the incident this morning. 

It has not been confirmed whether the man injured any members of the public before being shot. 

Emmanuel Macron has not yet released a statement on the attack. 

The attack comes just hours after three people were killed in the French city of Nice. 

Nice’s mayor, Christin Estrosi claimed a terrorist attack occurred at the Notre-Dame basilica at approximately 9am this morning. 

He said: “My first words are compassion for the relatives and families of the victims and the parish community.

“And all the people of Nice who are in shock. Enough is enough.”

Speaking to Express.co.uk, World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, said: “The fallout from this heinous act has further exacerbated the tensions between the Islamic world and the West and between Muslims living in France and the rest of society.

“We consider this to be a source of deep regret and a means of further undermining the peace and stability of the world. 

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He added: “This act, which is as barbarous as it is cowardly, has plunged the entire nation into mourning.”

A witness of the attack in Nice told the BBC: “We heard many people shouting in the street.

“We saw from the window that there were many, many policemen coming, and gunshots, many gunshots.”

Mr Macron is thought to be travelling to Nice.

A guard was also attacked outside the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, today. 

A suspect was arrested and the guard was taken to hospital, although it is unclear as to the severity of his injuries. 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson released a statement condemning the attacks today. 

He said: “I am appalled to hear the news from Nice this morning of a barbaric attack at the Notre-Dame Basilica

“Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and the UK stands steadfastly with France against terror and intolerance.”

Today’s attacks come following the killing of Samuel Paty, 47 in Paris earlier this month. 

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