Sunday Mirror

Ter­ror vic­tim was ‘kind­ness with a cap­i­tal K’

- BY ANDY LINES in Nice, France Crime · Terrorism · Incidents · Lyon

THE best friend of the woman be­headed in the Nice ter­ror at­tack says she was known for her kind­ness and “pure heart”.

Joelle Guichard said Na­dine Devillers, 60 – named yes­ter­day as the third per­son killed in Thurs­day’s church blood­bath – pos­sessed ”kind­ness with a cap­i­tal K”.

And as po­lice re­vealed they had ar­rested a sec­ond ac­com­plice of at­tacker Brahim Aous­saoui, Joelle dis­closed how she learned that de­vout Catholic Na­dine had died from a trau­matic phone call with the late woman’s hus­band.

She said: “As soon as he picked up the phone, when I heard his sobs, I knew. ‘Is it her?’ I asked?”

She said he replied: “Yes it is... it’s an ab­so­lute night­mare.”

The friends grew up in Draguig­nan, west of Nice.

Joelle added: “Na­dine had a strong and pure heart. She of­ten went to pray for the peo­ple she loved. It was just love, this woman.”

Ter­ror po­lice said they ar­rested a 35-year-old man in north­ern Nice on Fri­day night. They now have two men in cus­tody ac­cused of help­ing Aous­saoui, 21, carry out his at­tack.

Tu­nisian Aous­saoui is un­der armed guard at a hos­pi­tal in Nice, be­ing treated for gun­shot wounds.

French in­ves­ti­ga­tors now be­lieve the hor­rific strike was or­gan­ised from some­where out­side the coun­try. They said the pro­file of the at­tacker, the iden­tity of his con­tacts and the speed of the at­tack sug­gest that the atroc­ity had been planned in ad­vance by com­mit­ted ji­hadists.

Aous­saoui’s brother Wis­sem asked to see a video of the at­tack and added: “We are Mus­lims, we are against ter­ror­ism.”

French in­te­rior min­is­ter Ger­ald Dar­manin said: “There will be other events such as th­ese ter­ri­ble at­tacks. We’re at war against an ide­ol­ogy, Is­lamist ide­ol­ogy.”

A GREEK Ortho­dox pri­est was fight­ing for his life yes­ter­day be­ing shot in Lyon, 290 miles from the scene of the Nice ter­ror at­tack.

Sources say the sus­pect shot him with a sawn-off shot­gun as he closed his church, and is at large.

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DE­VOUT Na­dine Devillers

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