84 killed by truck crashing into Bastille Day

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Nice terror attack: 84 killed by truck crashing into Bastille Day crowd and mowing down pedestrians for up to 2km then spraying them with bullets

Truck crashes into crowd at Bastille Day celebration in Nice

  • Vehicle speeds for 2km through busy crowd
  • 84 people killed, including children
  • Counter-terrorist investigators leading the probe
  • Driver ‘was 31-year-old man from Nice of Tunisian origin’
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A terrorist gunman killed 84 people and wounded scores when he drove a heavy truck at high speed into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday.

The driver was shot dead after barrelling the truck two kilometres (1.3 miles) 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”.

In a pre-dawn address to the nation, President Francois Hollande called up military and police reservists to relieve forces worn out by an eight-month state of emergency begun after the Islamic State militant group killed 130 people in Paris. The state of emergency has been extended.

“France is filled with sadness by this new tragedy,” Hollande said, noting several children were among the dead in what he said he had no doubt was an act of terrorism.

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Boris Johnson ‘shocked and saddened’ by Nice attack

Boris Johnson, the new Foreign Minister, has expressed his sadness at the Nice attack, saying he is shocked and saddened by the “appalling” events in Nice and the “terrible loss of life”.

Death toll rises

The death toll has risen to 84, according to French interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brande, with another 18 in a “critical condition”.

Gunman was known to police

The truck driver was known to French police for common law crimes such as theft and violence, according to police sources, but not to the intelligence services.