An attacker killed at least 73 people and injured scores when he drove a truck at high speed into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday, local media quoted officials as saying.
Police shot and killed the driver, who drove the heavy, long-distance truck at speed for well over 100 meters along the famed Promenade des Anglais seafront, hitting the mass of spectators late in the evening, regional official Sebastien Humbert told France Info radio.
The man had opened fire on the crowd, local government chief Christian Estrosi told BFM TV, and weapons and grenades were found inside the truck after he was killed.
"It's a scene of horror," local member of parliament Eric Ciotti told France Info, saying the truck had sped along the pavement fronting the Mediterranean, before being stopped by police after "mowing down several hundred people".
Local broadcasters quoted officials as saying the preliminary death toll was 73. Other officials put the number of wounded as high as in the hundreds.
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.
Almost exactly eight months ago Islamic State militants killed 130 people in Paris on Nov. 13, the bloodiest in a number of attacks in France and Belgium in the past two years. On Sunday, France had breathed a sigh of relief as the month-long Euro 2016 soccer tournament ended without a feared attack. (Reuters)
Muhammadanfaz@gmail.com Friday, 15 July 2016 08:08 PM
May be they learn things from Ltte
usuf Friday, 15 July 2016 08:42 PM
most of their crimes r due to drugs prostitution & irreligious conduct. via DM Android App
Raj Friday, 15 July 2016 11:44 AM
Arnold - We know the mask you are wearing. There is no much difference between what you believe and what ISIS believes!
Arnold Saturday, 16 July 2016 12:46 AM
What you are a mind reader or what? The whole world apart from a stupid few like you knows that ISIS is a reality show done by Mossad.
Indian pig Saturday, 16 July 2016 03:13 AM
Your knowledge is littel and petty minded retard , keep your 2 cents at home
lokka Friday, 15 July 2016 01:55 PM
ISIS must be wiped out
Arnold Friday, 15 July 2016 06:30 AM
ISIS is Mossad. That's why they never attacked Israel, and USA with its sophisticated weaponry is dragging its feet.
Muhammad Friday, 15 July 2016 06:38 AM
Its an utmost duty of the world super powers to eradicate IS without further delay. world wont regret even atomic bombs used against the terrorist group. via DM Android App
Muhammad Friday, 15 July 2016 06:39 AM
our deepest condolences to the victims & families. via DM Android App
Arjuna Ranawana Friday, 15 July 2016 06:59 AM
Govt. of Sri Lanka should also think about general public life and security
Daya Friday, 15 July 2016 07:10 AM
It was unfortunate France on multiple times with combined Guerrilla and Suicidal combat style adopted and multiple times on all public gathering locations targeted. But country with veto right still not be able to protect its citizen with minimal damage to life and property on a crisis situation.
ANTON Friday, 15 July 2016 07:27 AM
SOON SUPERPOWERS WILL COME TO SRILANKA TO LEARN HOW TO COMBAT TERRORISM.
ANTON Friday, 15 July 2016 07:31 AM
SORRY, PEOPLE WHO GAVE LEGS TO THE SNAKES WILL HAVE TO FACE THE MUSIC.
surasena Friday, 15 July 2016 06:42 PM
ISIS are just cowards, that's why they never come face-to-face with Israeli Defense Forces(IDF); the real men.
Sincere Friday, 15 July 2016 11:07 AM
What a sad situation! They picked up the poisonous snake from the way side, and put it inside their coat out of sheer love, and today they are shouting as it has started biting them!
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