At least 30 of the 84 victims killed in the Nice terror attack last Thursday were Muslims, French Catholic daily ‘La Croix’ said on Tuesday.
The newspaper added that 20 of those killed were of Tunisian nationality, the same as truck driver Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who carried out the attack during the Bastille Day celebrations.
Speaking to the newspaper, the Imam of the city and president of the Union of Muslims of the Alpes-Maritimes, Otmane Aissaoui, confirmed the death toll belonging to the Muslim community.
One of the victims Bouhlel killed was 62-year-old Moroccan woman Fatima Charrihi, mother of seven children, who was a frequent worshipper at Rahma Mosque in Nice, where Aissaoui is a preacher.
Among the Muslim victims were children, such as Mehdi, 12, whose twin sister is still in a coma, and Kylian, 4, who came from Lyon with her mother Olfa to attend the fireworks show, both deceased.
Faced with possible reactions of hatred towards Muslims in neighbourhood and schools, Aissaoui said to defend co-existence against isolation, it must be remembered that these people died together, regardless of their religion.