At least 84 dead as truck slams into crowd in Nice, France

At least 84 dead as truck slams into crowd in Nice, France

At least 84 dead as truck slams into crowd in Nice, France

Written by Staff Writer

15 Jul, 2016 | 6:25 am

The truck that ran into a Bastille Day celebration Thursday night in Nice, France, killing at least 77 with 42 more critically injured, appeared to have done so in a well-planned, intentional attack.

Police shot and killed the driver, who drove the heavy, long-distance truck at speed for well over 100 meters along the famed Promenade des Anglais seafront, hitting the mass of spectators late in the evening, regional official Sebastien Humbert told France Info radio.

The man had opened fire on the crowd, and weapons and grenades were found inside the truck after he was killed. The lorry drove two kilometres (1.2 miles) through a large crowd.

The incident started as thousands of people were leaving the beach about 20 minutes after a large fireworks display to celebrate France’s national holiday.

There is no hostage situations reported yet.

Almost exactly eight months ago Islamic State militants killed 130 people in Paris on Nov. 13, the bloodiest in a number of attacks in France and Belgium in the past two years. On Sunday, France had breathed a sigh of relief as the month-long Euro 2016 soccer tournament ended without a feared attack.

 

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