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.
French police “neutralized” and arrested a man Thursday morning after a knife attack inside a church in the city of Nice which left at least three dead and several injured. https://t.co/2KJqWrR9NU
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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.
Portuguese Bishop Blames European ‘Prejudices’ for Islamist Terror Attack in France https://t.co/GoQ7VONbUt
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