‘Gunman’ shouting ‘allahu akbar’ shot dead by police hours after Nice attack

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A man who was reportedly armed with a handgun and tried to attack police officers as he shouted "Allah Akbar" has been shot dead.

The man is also reported to have tried to attack passers-by in the street on Thursday around 11.15am in Montfavet, near the city of Avignon in southern France, Europe 1 reports.

Public prosecutor Philippe Guémas confirmed that the man "had been threatening passers-by when police intervened" in the Montfavet district of the city.

The attacks started around 11am – two hours after the one in Nice.

The suspect succumbed to his injuries and an investigation has been launched.

It comes just hours after at least three people died and several others were injured after a knife attack inside the Notre-Dame church in Nice in a suspected terrorist attack.

A person of around 70 years old was reportedly beheaded inside the Notre-Dame basilica and another person lost their life inside the church.

Avignon is 150 miles away from Nice.

A man has also been arrested after he stabbed a guard at the French Consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia’s state-run news agency said.

It is currently unclear if the attacks are related.

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