French Regional President: 84 Deceased Victims. Weapons And Grenades Found Inside Truck After Driver Killed In Shootout With Police
Editor's Note: Death toll has been updated to 84.
An attacker killed at least 75 people when he drove a truck at high speed into crowds watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday, according to multiple reports.
Police shot and killed the driver, who drove a 25-ton, unmarked truck at high speed for more than 100 meters along the famed Promenade des Anglais seafront in the southern resort town before hitting the mass of spectators, regional sub-prefect Sebastien Humbert told France Info radio.
Just before 3 a.m. local time, NBC News reported that the regional deputy for the Nice region, Eric Ciotti, had said on French television that 75 people were confirmed dead.
Meanwhile, regional president Christian Estrosi tweeted that there were "77 deceased victims," and France's BFM TV put the number at 80, while Reuters cited local newspaper Nice Matin as reporting that 42 people were in critical condition. CNBC was unable to independently confirm the numbers.
According to Reuters, Estrosi told BFM TV that the driver had opened fire on the crowd and that weapons and grenades were found inside the truck after the attacker was killed by police.
Humbert described it as a clear criminal attack, although the driver was not yet identified. Residents of the Mediterranean city close to the Italian border were advised to stay indoors. There was no sign of any other attack, nor any immediate claim of responsibility.