‘Terrorism has no place in Islam’: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil condemns shocking recent terrorist attacks in France that left three dead in Nice just two weeks after a teacher was beheaded in Paris
- Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has condemned the recent terror attacks in France
- The 32-year-old took to Twitter to insist that ‘terrorism has no place in Islam’
- His tweet comes less than a day after France was targeted by more attacks
- Three people in Nice were killed in a church rampage by a Tunisian migrant
- It comes less than two weeks after Samuel Paty was beheaded near Paris
Mesut Ozil has heavily condemned the recent Islamic terror attacks in France, after three more people were horrifically killed in Nice on Thursday.
The 32-year-old, who is a devout Muslim, took to social media on Friday to publicly state that there is ‘no place for terrorism in Islam’.
Ozil tweeted a picture of himself at the holy Islamic site of Mecca along with a quote from the Quran, which read: ‘Whosoever kills an innocent human being, it shall be as is he has killed all mankind and whoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.’
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has condemned the recent terrorist attacks in France, saying there is ‘no place for terrorism in Islam’
Ozil posted a picture of himself at the holy site of Mecca along with a quote from the Quran
The Arsenal playmaker’s tweet comes in the wake a number of terrorist incidents that have shocked the world, after a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant attacked a church in the city of Nice, leaving three people dead in a horrific rampage.
Brahim Aoussaoui attacked worshippers with a foot-long blade before he was gunned down by armed police.
The assailant was shot 14 times as he screamed ‘God is greatest’ in Arabic during the attack and ‘while under medication’ as he was taken to hospital, Nice’s Mayor Christian Estrosi said.
Ozil’s tweet comes after three people were killed by a knifeman, who attacked the Notre Dame basilica in Nice, before he was shot by armed police
Elsewhere a security guard was stabbed and wounded outside the French consulate in Saudi Arabia, while two other men were arrested – one while carrying a knife near a church in Sartrouville after his father reported he was about to carry out a Nice-style attack, and another who tried to board a train in Lyon carrying a long blade.
It was thought that police had foiled another Islamist attack in the town of Avignon when an armed man was shot dead by officers after refusing to drop his weapon.
The killings, which occurred ahead of the Catholic holy day of All Saints Day on Sunday, prompted the French government to raise the terror alert level to the maximum ’emergency’ level nationwide.
President Emmanuel Macron, who quickly travelled to Nice, announced increased surveillance of churches by France’s Sentinelle military patrols, to be bolstered to 7,000 troops from 3,000.
President Emmanuel Macron visits the scene of a reported knife attack at a church in Nice
People light candles outside the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basilica in Nice on Thursday
Security at schools would also be boosted, he said. ‘Quite clearly, it is France that is being attacked,’ Mr Macron said, and vowed the country ‘will not give up on our values’.
Thursday’s barbaric attacks come less than two weeks after French schoolteacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded north of Paris for showing cartoons of the Prophet to his class in a lesson on free speech.
In the Nice attack, the first victim – a woman in her seventies – was attacked after coming there early to pray and was found ‘almost beheaded’ close to the church font.
The 45-year-old sacristan, Vincent Loques, a father-of-two, was then attacked and also beheaded.
Thursday’s attacks come less than two weeks after French schoolteacher Samuel Paty was beheaded in a terror attack just north of Paris
A third woman – described as of African origin and aged in her 30s – was then stabbed ‘multiple times’ and managed to flee to a bar across the street, where she died.
Police were called and arrived at 9.10am. They stormed the basilica, shooting and arresting the attacker.
The 21-year-old attacker who is thought to have arrived in France via Italy, after being smuggled across the Mediterranean.