At least 84 people were killed and another 100 were injured in the southern French city of Nice after an attacker drove a lorry into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday
At this stage, “we can not describe these things as an attack, but many elements suggest that,” BFMTV quoted Jean-Michel Pretre as saying, Xinhua reported.
At 22:30 Thursday night local time, a truck drove at high speed into the crowd who gathered on the promenade to watch fireworks marking July 14, the French national day, wrote Christian Estrosi, president of the region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, on Twitter. Estrosi described the incident as “the worst Nice drama of history.” BFMTV said the truck “travelled for two kilometers ploughing people”.
Identity papers belonging to a 31-year-old French-Tunisian were found inside the truck, a police source told AFP news agency on Friday.
The South of France police declared it a terrorist attack. They appealed for people to remain calm and went on television to tell people to stay indoors — clearly fearing that there might be multiple attacks on the streets.
French President Francois Hollande, who was in Avignon, was going back to Paris where he will directly go to the crisis unit at the Interior Ministry, according to Elysee.
US President Barack Obama released a statement condemning “what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack”.