Bastille Day horror: Speeding truck mows down 80, injures 18 in Nice

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More than 80 people were killed after a truck drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display in Nice. Photo: Reuters

More than 8o people have been killed and many injured when an attacker drove a truck at a breakneck speed into an unsuspecting crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the Mediterranean city of Nice, France on July 14 late evening.

“After Paris in January 2015 and then again in November with Saint-Denis, now Nice is hit. All of France feels the threat of radical Islamist terrorism,” said President François Hollande, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The attack was of a terrorist nature, said French President in a televised address to the nation, saying many children were killed in the incident as several people came together to celebrate the national day of France.

The driver was shot dead after he drove the unnamed truck for nearly 1.5 km through the festive crowd. Authorities said that they found the identity papers of a 31-year-old French-Tunisian in the truck, apart from guns and grenades.

Stating that 80 people were killed and 18 critically wounded, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said France would continue the military operations in Syria and Iraq, according to India Today.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls has declared national mourning on July 16, 17 and 18 in the memory of the victims of the Nice attack.

While this was so, Hollande extended France’s state of emergency by three more months in the wake of this attack. The country has been under emergency since November last’s terror attack, which was due to be lifted on July 26.

Though it was not clear who was been behind the attack, Hollande said that he would convene a defense council meeting on July 15 that would be attended by defense, interior and other key ministers.

Though nobody has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. But Islamic State has been targeting France for its military action Iraq and Syria.

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council condemned the barbaric terrorist attack that took place in Nice. US President Barack Obama, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, China, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended their condolences.