France terror: Man shot dead in Avignon after threatening public with weapon shouting “Allahu Akbar”

Second attack in the same day in France, three today in total against French targets

A man has been shot dead by police after threatening people with a weapon in a city in southern France.

The incident in Avignon happened on the same morning at least three people were killed in a church in Nice, whose mayor has described the knife attack as terrorism.

A man was shot dead in Montfavet, a district in the city of Avignon, on Thursday, police said.

Authorities said he had threatened passersby earlier with a handgun.

The man had shouted “Allahu Akbar“, according to French radio station Europe 1.

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Elsewhere in the south of France on Thursday, three people were killed after having their throats cut and one injured in the Nice attack, a police spokesperson told The Independent.

The French Prime Minister said the country’s threat level will be raised to its maximum following the attack.

Read more: Independent