Bastille Day Massacre
A terrorist of Tunisian descent used a hired lorry to kill at least 84 people in a rampage during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France. The lorry driver who killed 84 in Bastille Day rampage has been named as convicted criminal born in Tunisia . . .
‘Attack is of an undeniable terrorist nature’ – French President Francois Hollande
‘This is war’ – U.S. presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump
‘It pains my heart for this to happen’ – U.S. presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee, Hilary Clinton
Photo above: The driver reportedly zig-zagged his way through the crowds along the promenade CREDIT: MATRIXPICTURES.CO.UK
The terrorist of Nice has been named as a convicted criminal well known to the French police for armed attacks. Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old delivery driver, was reported to be a French passport holder who lived in the Riviera city and was regularly in trouble with the law.
At least 10 children and two Americans are among the dead following the “cowardly and barbaric” atrocity that left at least one British national among the many injured. Officials fear the death toll will rise.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove his hired lorry and slammed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice. He ploughed on for 2km (1.2 miles) on the Promenade des Anglais at about 23:00 local time, before being shot dead by police.
Witnesses say the speeding lorry swerved and zigzagged in an apparent attempt to hit more people. Police reportedly found guns and grenades inside the lorry.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared three days of national mourning for the victims from Saturday.
A state of emergency, in place since November’s Paris attacks carried out by militants from the Islamic State group, in which 130 people died, has been extended by three months.
Photo: The waterfront was packed with families viewing the fireworks display | AP
The attack in Nice began shortly after the end of a firework display on the seafront for Bastille Day, which is the country’s national holiday.
I agree with Donald Trump: ‘this is war!’