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The Netherlands

Dutch King and Queen send message of support after Nice terror attack

willem alexander
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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands have sent a message of support following a suspected terror attack in Nice, France.

“The horrible act of violence this morning in Nice at the Basilique Notre-Dame de l’Assomption has shocked us. Once again, France – the country the Netherlands is so connected to – has been hit. Our hearts go out to all those that have been affected. We sympathise with those who have lost a loved one and feel connected to everyone who is committed to a peaceful society.”

Much is still unclear about the attack in Nice earlier today, but several fatalities and injuries have been reported after an apparent knife attack, including one victim who was reportedly decapitated. The attack follows just two weeks after the murder of Samuel Paty, a French middle school teacher, who was also decapitated. Several world leaders have already expressed their solidarity with France. Churches in France have now been asked to close their doors, and President Macron is currently in Nice to meet with the Mayor and the police officers involved.

One suspect is currently in custody, and he is being treated in a hospital for unknown injuries.

Nice was also the scene of a terror attack in 2016 during which 86 people were killed.