There are reports that Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France were the target of a terrorist attack. Photos and videos posted on social media show bodies lying in the street and there are reports of dozens injured.
***LATEST UPDATE!*** The driver of the truck that killed at least 80 people in Nice on Thursday evening was a 31-year-old MUSLIM resident born in Tunisia, according to French newspaper Nice Matin.
And his name is MOHAMED, what a surprise. Not.
AMERICAN father and son, Sean Copeland, 51, and Brodie, 11, from Lakeway, Texas also killed in the attack. RIP.
And the mainstream media blame the truck! Let’s ban trucks.
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UPDATE 1: FOX News reporting that hostages are being held at Meredian Hotel by the gunmen (But just heard now 6:49PM (EDT) that might not be true)
UPDATE 2: Sky News now reporting the death toll has reached 60, more than 100 wounded
UPDATE 3: Driver of truck (reportedly killed by police) drove his truck into the crowd at very high speed
UPDATE 4: Fire being reported at Eiffel Tower:
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UPDATE 5: Death toll has reportedly risen to 74
UPDATE 6: Several guns and grenades and explosives found in the truck
UPDATE 7: Driver of truck allegedly mowed down bodies for a mile
HEAVY A car drove into a crowd at the Promenade des Anglais and gunfire was also reported, according to preliminary reports from the scene. The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said there “appeared to be dozens of deaths,” said NBC News. In French, Estrosi Tweeted, according to NBC: “Dear nice, the driver of a truck appears to have made dozens of deaths. Stay for the moment to your home. More info to come.”
UK Daily Mail Bodies could be seen lying on the floor by the beach, as the police and other emergency services tried to deal with a mass panic. It is absolute chaos,’ said an eye witness who works in the Nice judiciary. ‘There are reports of dozens of people killed, and many more injured. Bodies are lying everywhere.
‘Police are flooding the streets, including anti-terrorism officers. Nobody knows what to do, except to hide away. Gunmen are meant to be targeting hotels.’ The lorry was seen mounting the pavement and piling into anyone the driver could see, ramming over those who tried to run away.
Regional newspaper Nice Matin quoted its own reporter at the scene saying there were many injured people and blood on the street. It published a photograph of a damaged, long-distance delivery truck, which it said was ‘riddled with bullets’ and images of emergency services treating the injured.
Damien Allemand, the paper’s correspondent, was quoted as saying: ‘People are running. It’s panic. He rode up onto the Prom and piled into the crowd … There are people covered in blood. There must be many injured.’
The area around the Promenade is full of hotels and restaurants, which that were all packed at the height of the holiday season.
Reports are still unfolding, but ISIS is already posting photographs of the attack. Accounts are unfolding fast and disseminating over social media; details could change as more is known. Bastille Days is France’s national holiday, honoring the storming of the Bastille prison in the 1789 French Revolution.
There were reports of 30 dead, although that could not be confirmed, and people created a hashtag to offer others shelter #PortesOuvertesNice:
The truck’s driver was reportedly in a restaurant with a gun: Police were reportedly exchanging gunfire with passengers in the truck:
Truck as it plows into crowd:
Oh, here we go, let the flowers and candles and teddybear and red/white/blue light tributes to France begin (that’ll make everything better)
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