Two terrorist attacks strike Vienna and Nice

Nice, France

October 29, 2020 there was a terrorist attack in the French city Nice by 21-year-old Brahim Aouissaoui. The attack lasted 28 minutes before the police arrived and shot, but didn’t kill him. Aouissaoui attacked and killed three victims at the Notre-Dame Basilica using a knife. The first victim was a 60-year-old woman found dead at the entrance of the church with a deep gash in her throat. The second was a 55-year-old man who also died from a fatal stab to the throat, and the final victim was a 44-year-old woman who was stabbed multiple times and found dead by a nearby restaurant.

Aouissaoui was hospitalized in critical condition from the shots fired at him from the police. Because of Aouissaoui’s affiliation with Islamic terrorism and as a sign of mourning to the victims and their families, the Muslims in France cancelled all Mawlid festivities, which included Muhammad’s birthday.

Vienna, Austria

November 2, around 8:00 p.m., 20-year-old Islamist terrorist Kujtim Fejzulai shot and killed four people and left 23 wounded. He was armed with an automatic rifle, a pistol, a machete and a fake bomb vest. After 9 minutes of shooting, the police located and killed him near St. Ruprecht’s Church. Many were out enjoying a last night out on the town since there was a midnight curfew and other restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There was a memorial service for the victims at Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Later, it was found that Fejzulai was previously convicted for terrorism association but was released early because of his young age.