21-year-old Brahim Aioussaoi a Tunisian migrant has been identified as the suspect behind the knife attacks at the Notre-Dame church on Thursday morning. which left three people dead and other seriously injured.

According to reports from sources the 21-year-old Tunisian was said to have arrived in Europe just a few weeks ago.

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Brahim arrived in late September on the Italian island of Lampedusa, where he was placed in virus quarantine by authorities before being released with an order to quit Italian territory. He arrived in France in early October.

Witnesses said the attacker was allegedly shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”), as he carried out the attack.

According to the police on-site, one of the victims, a woman, was decapitated by the attacker.

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Two other attacks took place on Thursday, one in France and one in Saudi Arabia.

The victims were attacked inside the basilica on Thursday morning before the first Mass of the day.

Two died inside the church: the woman in her 70s who was “virtually beheaded”, and a man in his 40s or 50s whose throat was cut.