Terrorist Attack In #Nice, France: 84 Dead As Truck Rams Into Crowd

Terrorist Attack In #Nice, France: 84 Dead As Truck Rams Into Crowd

By Salisu Sulaimon | Sub-Editor on July 15, 2016
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A body is seen on the ground July 15, 2016 after at least 30 people were killed in Nice, France, when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday July 14. | Reuters

A truck drove into a crowd at Bastille Day ceremonies late Thursday, July 14, 2016 in Nice, France, killing dozens of people, Regional President Christian Estrosi tweeted. French President Francois Hollande has called the attack “an act of terror”.

Here’s what we know:

• Regional president, Christian Estrosi tweeted, “It’s the worst tragedy in the history of Nice because more than 70 victims already are to be deplored.”

• The attack happened on Bastille Day, a major holiday in France. Victims had been watching fireworks on the beach and were walking down a promenade, either back home or to their cars.

• “Horror has again struck France,” President Hollande says after attack. He was quoted as saying by the BBC that “operational reserves” will be pressed into service along with the Army and other security forces, with special focus on the borders.

He acknowledged on Thursday that “all of France is under the threat of Islamic terrorism.”

• U.S. President Barack Obama’s office issued a statement condemning the terror attack.

• One witness said the truck driver appeared to accelerate toward his victims

• The driver was killed by French police, authorities said.

Pictured: Bodies are seen on the ground July 15, 2016 after at least 30 people were killed in Nice, France, when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday, July 14, 2016. | Reuters
Pictured: Bodies are seen on the ground July 15, 2016 after at least 30 people were killed in Nice, France, when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday, July 14, 2016. | Reuters

• Eyewitness describes attack that killed at least 80: “Kids thought it was fireworks”

• CNN reports death toll as 84.

The truck used to perpetuate the terrorist attack
The truck used to perpetuate the terrorist attack seen with police in the aftermath of gunfire exchanges with occupants of the truck.

• Latest scenes in Nice: French media reports say local police are treating incident as attack.

Go to CNN for live updates:

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