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With image of Dr Thomas Heine-Geldern, international executive president of Aid to the Church in Need (© Aid to the Church in Need).
The international head of Aid to the Church in Need has expressed horror at the killing of three people just before the start of Mass in France – and called on world leaders to condemn the attack.

In a statement made last night (Thursday, 29th October), Dr Thomas Heine-Geldern, international executive president of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) wrote:
“ACN is deeply shocked by the horrific attack which took place this morning in the Basilica of Notre-Dame of the Assumption in Nice, France, causing the death of three people, including the beheading of a woman.”
“ACN denounces this outburst of violence, yet another terrorist act in France, and one more on the long list of crimes against Christians in the world.”.

The assailant, Brahim Aouissaoui, was a 21-year-old Tunisian man who arrived in France shortly before the attack. 

ACN’s international executive president also called for respect for religious belief and decried the ridicule of the symbols of faith of any confession.

Two people died in the church during the attack. A 60-year-old woman’s neck was almost completely severed and the basilica’s 55-year-old sacristan was also killed.

Outside, a woman of 44 was stabbed, succumbing to her injuries shortly afterwards.
 
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