MAJOR TERROR ATTACK: 80 people feared dead after Muslim truck driver plows into crowd in Nice, France
- 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 attack
At least 84 people have been killed and more than 50 injured after a 25-tonne lorry mowed down crowds for more than a mile before the driver got out and sprayed fleeing revellers with bullets as terror struck Bastille Day celebrations on the French Riviera.
One eyewitness described seeing ‘bodies flying like bowling pins’ and ‘hearing noises, cries that I will never forget’ as the horror unfolded on a busy promenade in the southern city of Nice at around 10.30pm local time last night.
Identity documents belonging to a 31-year-old French Tunisian 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.
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.
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.
Around 100 revellers are then said to have dived into the sea as panic ensued and holiday crowds desperately ran for their lives.
The gunman then jumped out of the truck and opened fire, which is when he was shot dead by police.
Anti-terror police swooped in as the city was put on lockdown and residents were warned to stay indoors for their safety.
Addressing the nation, French President Francois Hollande said several children were among the dead, with at least 80 victims confirmed so far and a furthe
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