The man who killed three people with a knife at the end of October in the Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption basilica in Nice was transferred to Paris on Friday afternoon by plane and under high security, we learned from source close to the file.
The device carrying Brahim Aouissaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian seriously injured during his arrest and also tested positive for the coronavirus, landed at Le Bourget (Seine-Saint-Denis) shortly after 4:00 p.m., according to airport sources.
He was then to be hospitalized in Paris, according to a source close to the file.
This transfer took place under high security. In Nice, Mr. Aouissaoui had embarked surrounded on the tarmac by several vans of gendarmes, according to an AFP journalist. Police from elite Raid units were on board the plane, airport sources said.
In addition to the assailant, eleven people have been placed in police custody and ten released since the start of the investigation into this attack, opened by the anti-terrorist prosecution, in particular for “assassinations in connection with a terrorist enterprise”.
“I am delighted that the Islamist barbarian of the Nice attack has just been transferred from the Pasteur hospital in Nice thus responding to my request and that of the medical community”, reacted on Twitter the deputy Les Républicains (LR ) from the Alpes-Maritimes Eric Ciotti.
“He left, and for us it is a relief”, commented to AFP Michel Fuentes, general secretary of the FO Santé union in Nice, evoking “the concern of the staff” among whom the presence of the author of the attack at the CHU Pasteur revived the terrible memories of the attack on the Promenade des Anglais on July 14, 2016 (86 dead and more than 260 wounded).