The Nice attack suspect was carrying an Italian Red Cross document when he was taken down by police, French National Anti-terror Prosecutor, Jean-François Ricard, said Thursday.
Brahim Aouissaoui, who French authorities say entered the southern Italian city of Bari on Oct. 9, was unknown to French intelligence services and not in the national fingerprint file, according to Ricard.
"It painfully reminds us how much the deadly ideology of Islamist terrorism remains alive and well, as well as its will to attack our liberties, our most essential liberties, freedom of expression, freedom of teaching, freedom of worship,” he said at a news conference.
How the attack unfolded: Aouissaoui’s movements on the day of the attack, captured by video surveillance, show him arriving at the Nice train station and changing his clothes shortly after 8 a.m. local. He then walked 400 metres (1,312 feet) to the Basilica of Notre-Dame where he carried out the attack over the span of 28 minutes, killing three people.
The bodies of two people were found inside the basilica:
- A 60-year-old woman was found at the entrance to the basilica, with a “very deep throat cut like a decapitation,” he said.
- A 55-year-old man, who was officiating as Sacristan of the basilica, also died of a large throat wound.
The third victim — a 44-year-old woman who died in a restaurant nearby of several stab wounds — had fled the church and died a few minutes later.
Just under 30 minutes later, a team of four police officers arrived and shot Aouissaoui. The attacker, identified by Italian officials as Tunisian, had advanced towards them in a “threatening manner, shouting Allah Akbar, forcing them first to use an electric pulse pistol and then firing their service weapon several times," the prosecutor said.
He added that 14 bullet cases were found on the ground.