- Death is at 84 and rising, and 50 have been injured in a Bastille Day terror attack in Nice on the French Riviera
- Eyewitnesses said the driver crashed his truck into a group of people, jumped down and opened fire with a gun
- Thousands of people were in the southern French city watching fireworks display when the horrific attack began
- Police confirmed identity documents belonging to a French Tunisian man, 31, from Nice were found in the truck
- French President Francois Hollande confirmed children among dead and called it ‘undeniable’ it was terror attac
A terrorist gunman has killed 84 people and seriously injured 50 more after he used a 25-tonne lorry to go on a mile-long killing spree by mounting pavements at high speed and ploughing through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice last night.
The killer, a 31-year-old French Tunisian who was known to police, then got out and sprayed fleeing revellers with bullets before being shot dead by police.
The truck driver was said to have shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ – God is greatest – before being killed. Pro-ISIS groups have been celebrating the attack, orchestrated to coincide with France’s most important national holiday.
One eyewitness described seeing ‘bodies flying like bowling pins’ and others ‘jammed’ under its wheels as the horror unfolded.
Other brave victims were seen clinging to the doors of the lorry to try to stop the terrorist before being thrown under its wheels on the packed streets at around 10.30pm local time last night. Dead bodies remain strewn across the Promenade de Anglais today.
Some of the victims were children, with one young girl lying dead covered in a blanket with her pink toy doll lying on the floor next to her.
Identity documents belonging to the gunman, more guns and grenades were later found in the bullet-riddled truck after the gunman at the wheel was shot dead by police marksmen, security sources said.
The gunman is believed to be from Nice and was known to police for crimes of theft and violence, but not intelligence services, a police source said. A suspected accomplice is on the run.
A huge cache of guns, grenades and ‘larger weapons’ were later found inside the lorry, which mounted the pavement at approximately 40mph and steered directly towards hundreds of people watching a fireworks display.
French President Francois Hollande today pledged to ‘hit’ ISIS in Syria and Iraq ‘even harder’ after the devastating attack, saying: ‘France is in tears, it is hurting but it is strong and she will be stronger – always stronger than the fanatics who wish to hurt us.’
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