Bastille Day Terror Attack In France: 84 Dead, 18 Seriously Injured

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9:23 am 15 Jul, 2016


At least 84 people were killed in southern French city of Nice on July 14, after a truck drove into a crowd of people watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice.

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The attack, which came eight months and a day after Islamic State gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in Paris, is being treated as a terrorist attack with victims including several children.

So far it is appearing to be the work of a lone assailant.

This is how far the driver travelled along the Promenade des Anglais smh

This is how far the driver travelled along the Promenade des Anglais smh

Shocking footage from Nice shows bodies lying in the street after the incident.

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Anti-terror police are on the streets as crowds fled the scene of the crash, in a country still tense after a string of devastating attacks.

Witnesses said the driver was “zigzagging” so he could hit as many people as possible. It was reported that he drove into the crowd for 2km at a speed of about 50km/h.

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The truck driver was shot dead after the attack. He has been described as a 31-year-old French citizen of Tunisian origin in local media. He was said to be known to police but not on a terror watch list.

Residents are being told to stay indoors as the emergency services work at the scene.

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In last November’s Paris attacks, ISIS gunmen-suicide bombers opened fire on cafés and a music hall, killed 130 people. Since then France had been under a State of Emergency.

François Hollande, the French president, described the attack as a “monstrosity” and said soldiers would be deployed to support gendarmes and police, particularly at the country’s borders.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

No Indian is reported to be affected in a terror “attack” in French resort of Nice .

“Our Ambassador in Paris is in touch with the Indian community in Nice. So far no report of any Indians affected,” external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted on Friday.

France will also mobilise 10,000 extra military troops after the attack.

And Twitter reacted strongly to these attacks:

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