At least 84 people were killed in a suspected terror attack on France as the country celebrated Bastille Day. A lorry loaded with weapons and hand grenades drove on to a pavement in Nice more than a mile before police shot dead the driver. The killer was a 31-year-old French citizen born in Tunisia. He was said to be known to police but not on a terror watch list.
At least 80 people have died and dozens injured during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France after a truck ran into a large crowd. Police have announced they are treating the incident as “an attack.”
There has been swift and widespread international condemnation. The United Nations Security Council said it “condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack”. China’s President Xi Jinping called it an “appalling” attack in Nice amid reports that at two Chinese citizens were among the injured. According to the People’s Daily, the Communist party’s mouthpiece, Xi Jinping has told François Hollande that China is “against all forms of terrorism [and is] willing to deepen co-operation with France to counter terrorism”.
Pro-ISIS groups have begun celebrating the Nice massacre which has left at least 77 people dead and more than 50 injured – but the terror group is yet to officially claim responsibility. Scores of Bastille Day revellers were mown down by a truck after gathering to watch a fireworks display in the French city. Eyewitnesses say there was an exchange of gunfire in the aftermath of the terror attack before the driver was shot dead. A second suspect is currently on the run according to French authorities. One French media outlet, weekly news magazine Paris Match, is reporting that ISIS has claimed responsibility but as yet there has been no official confirmation.
THE Foreign Office is refusing to deny British citizens are among the dead and wounded after a terrorist attack in Nice killed 84 and injured scores more. A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office told Express.co.uk they are not officially ruling out British casualties and more information on the matter is likely to be released after 8am. It comes after the Government body issued a high terror alert for British nationals following the devastating Bastille Day attack which saw a 31-year-old French-Tunisian man mercilessly plough a truck through a crowded promenade.
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