Nice: a priest injured with a knife in an attack without “a priori terrorist character”; the assailant was arrested

A priest was attacked, Sunday April 24 in the morning, in the Saint-Pierre-d’Arène church in Nice (Alpes-Maritimes) where he was celebrating mass, announced on Twitter Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin. The assailant was arrested, he added:

“The priest is injured. No vital prognosis involved. Solidarity with the parishioners and thanks to the police who quickly arrested the author. The prefect is there. »

According to deputy Eric Ciotti (Les Républicains), who denounced in a tweet “horrible attack”a nun intervened during the attack and was injured in the forearm with a knife while intervening:

Shortly before the 10 a.m. service, the man entered the church, wearing “several stab wounds to the priest”, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) Maud Marty, deputy public prosecutor of Nice, at the scene of the attack. The priest was transferred to the CHU Pasteur in the city. The attacker is in custody.

The victim, Father Krzysztof Rudzinski, of Polish origin, settled in this parish for more than ten years, usually supports the parish priest of the church, said the other vicar, Yves-Marie Lequin, questioned by the press.

“No criminal record”

An investigation was opened for “attempted voluntary homicide” and “voluntary violence with a weapon” and entrusted to the judicial police of Nice. The National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT) was notified and the situation was “under evaluation at their level”with an expected return “in the next few hours”said the prosecutor. “The information provided at this stage does not justify our referral”said the PNAT.

“The motives for taking action are at this time and at this time difficult to establish”, insisted the prosecutor, specifying that the aggressor was not known on the judicial level and was followed psychiatrically. Earlier, the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, told the press that he “would be an unbalanced (…) who has no criminal record”.

The attack “has no a priori terrorist character”, learned Agence France-Presse (AFP) from a police source. The author of the attack, named Kevin, born in 1991 in Fréjus, of French nationality, is domiciled in Nice. He is unknown to the services, it was said.

Man is “obviously bipolar” and “spontaneously declared to the police that he was of the Jewish faith and that on this election day he wanted to kill Macron and that he had finally fallen back on a church”added the same police source.

Le Monde with AFP and Reuters

Nice: a priest injured with a knife in an attack without “a priori terrorist character”; the assailant was arrested