At least 80 dead and 100 injured after truck smashed into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in the French resort of Nice, President Francois Hollande on Friday called a “terrorist” attack on revellers enjoying a Bastille Day fireworks display. The truck plunged into the crowd on Thursday night as hundreds of people to watch the fireworks for France’s national day.
The driver was shot dead after barrelling the truck two kilometres through the festive crowd on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais, sending hundreds fleeing in terror and leaving the area strewn with bodies. Authorities said they found identity papers belonging to a 31-year-old French-Tunisian citizen in the truck, as well as ‘guns’ and ‘larger weapons’.
“At the moment that he was shot dead by police, he had fired several times,” said president of the region Christian Estrosi.
The attack is the third major strike against France in less than 18 months and prosecutors said anti-terrorist investigators would handle the probe.It comes eight months after Islamic State attacks on Paris nightspots left 130 people dead, dealing a hard blow to tourism in one of the world’s top destinations. French President Francois Hollande announced the extension of ‘state of emergency’ by 3 months.