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Terrorist in Nice Truck Attack Was City Resident of Tunisian Origin
Heavy weapons and grenades were found inside the truck.
French newspaper Le Figaro reports that driver fired at the crowd as he drove.
While the terrorist group Daesh, also known as IS/ISIL, has not officially claimed responsibility for the attack, it is a likely suspect.
According to an eyewitness report cited by BFM, the driver of the truck shouted, “Allahu Akbar!” before the attack.
UPDATE: 9:30 PM ET US Government reminds us that we have to take every opportunity, like a major terrorist attack, to tell people that Islamic terrorism done by Muslims has nothing to do with Islam and Muslims are the real victims:
Better footage of the truck that plowed into the people in Nice
UPDATE 8:28 PM ET: There appears to be no hostage situation as was reported by the Daily Mail earlier.
At least 75 people were killed and dozens more were injured when a truck barreled through a large crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day, a French holiday commemorating the storming of the famous Parisian fortress in 1789, an important milestone in the French Revolution. The driver of the truck reportedly was killed by French authorities.
“Oh France, you and the all Europe will never be secure until we will live secure on every inch in the land of the Caliphate,” wrote one ISIS supporter whose Twitter account has since been suspended. “This is the beginning of the attack to take the holy revenge for the killing of Abu Omar Shishani, may Allah accept him,” a jihadi posted on the ISIS al-Minbar forum shortly after the attack.
This video is alleged to be of the truck itself as it sped up towards people:
WARNING: This link is to an extremely graphic video of the aftermath of the attack in Nice. It shows people after having been RUN OVER. This is the un-sanitized view of terror in the West,
UPDATE 7:21 The Telegraph Eastern: 72 dead now. Guns and grenades found in the truck.
Local officials are saying it was a CRIMINAL attack. No reports of any robbery of the dead or injured have been reported however.
PARIS, July 14 (Reuters) - At least 30 people were killed and 100 injured in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday when a truck ploughed into crowds watching a fireworks display on France's Bastille Day national holiday in a criminal attack, a local official said.
The driver, who drove at high speed for over 100 metres (yards) along the famed Promenade des Anglais seafront before hitting the mass of spectators, was shot dead, sub-prefect Sebastien Humbert told France Infos radio.
Humbert described it as a clear criminal attack, although the driver was not yet identified. Residents of the Mediterranean city close to the Italian border were advised to stay indoors. There was no sign of any other attack.
The Daily Mail reports that hostages have been taken in two locations as well.
UPDATE: 6:40 ET
The gunmen have taken hostages
At least SIXTY DEAD and a HUNRED injured
UPDATE: GRAPHIC VIDEO
Today is 14 July, which in France is Bastille day, the French equivalent of America's July 4th. It certainly makes for a likely day for a terrorist attack.
France’s national holiday turned ugly for revelers Thursday night in the southern city of Nice, as a truck reportedly crashed into a crowd of Bastille Day revelers and fears of terrorism spread.
Multiple videos posted on BreakingNews.com showed people fleeing in panic, though the crash itself wasn’t shown.
There also were reports of gunshots, though fireworks are often set off on Bastille Day, making such early witness accounts questionable.
More as it comes in.
UPDATE: Several dozen people injured
The local prefecture has urged people in the area to remain indoors, calling the incident "an attack".
The photo the BBC refers to in the article linked above is available to be seen here.
"saw moving truck driving full speed over crowd on promenade for at least 2-3 miles. Then massive gunfire."
On her twitter feed, the witness confirms GUNFIRE on the crowd
I'm in #nice and cannot describe the situation- scary awful. Dead bodies everywhere people killed in front of my eyes. Had to b planned
FOX NEWS: Dozens dead in France
More video from scene:
More scenes of mass panic in Nice