Bastille Day truck attack: French president denounces 'monstrous' killing of 80 people

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Bastille Day truck attack: French president denounces 'monstrous' killing of 80 people

At least 70 people [possibly 80] were killed and about 100 more were injured when an armed man drove a truck at full speed into a crowd who had gathered to watch the Bastille Day fireworks display over the seafront in Nice on Thursday night.

French counter-terrorism police are investigating after the driver careered into the dense crowd and continued to drive into them for a distance of 2km. The French interior ministry confirmed that the driver had been shot dead by police, who are investigating whether he acted alone or had accomplices.

A police source told Le Monde that the driver was armed. Christian Estrosi, head of the local region, said there were explosives in the truck.

The date of the attack – France’s national day of celebration – was seen as symbolic. It came eight months after 130 people were killed in November’s coordinated Paris attacks on a stadium, bars and a rock gig at the Bataclan concert venue.

Please see The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/15/lorry-rams-bastille-day-cr...

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