Terror in France
Of the crowd gathered to celebrate the Bastille Day, 84 have died as a result of a truck driven through the gathering.
Eye witnesses of the incident say that the truck driver zigzagged through the crowd as he attempted to hit more people.
He was shot down by the police after having ploughed on for 2 km on the Promenade des Anglais.
It is reported that guns and grenades were found in the lorry.
It is a terrorist attack
President Francois Hollande has termed the attack to be of a terrorist in nature. This is “an undeniable terrorist nature,” he said.
Extended state of emergency
The government had put in place a state of emergency after the November Paris attacks. This has been extended by three months.
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.
Witnesses’ account- CNN
“I saw the truck coming straight at me swerving all over the place. It was perhaps 50 yards away. After that there was no conscious thought, my body took over, time slowed down and I ran and thank God I got out of the way,” said Pouya, from Toronto.
Another Nice resident, Nader el-Shafei, had this to say: “It zigzagged – you had no idea where it was going. My wife… a metre away… she was dead. The lorry ripped through everything… poles, trees. We have never seen anything like it. Some people were hanging on the door and tried to stop it.”
This is another time that France has woken up to the unfortunate incident of mass murder in its streets. Many people are still in disbelief and feel their lives are not safe at all.