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Nice terror attack on Bastille Day: everything we know so far on Friday morning

Nice terror attack on Bastille Day: everything we know so far on Friday morning

Telegraph

How the attack unfolded

A truck smashed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice, killing at least 80 people in what President Francois Hollande on Friday called a "terrorist" attack on revellers enjoying a Bastille Day fireworks display.

The driver barreled the truck two kilometres (1.3 miles) through the crowd on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais, sending hundreds fleeing in terror and leaving the area strewn with bodies.

The man then opened fire on the crowd before being shot dead, local government chief Christian Estrosi said, who added weapons and grenades had been discovered after the driver was killed.

"An individual drove a truck into the crowd. He was killed by police," said interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet.

Who is the killer?

Identity papers belonging to a 31-year-old French-Tunisian were found inside the truck, a police source said early on Friday.

"The identification of the truck driver is still under way," said the source. The identity papers indicate the man was a resident of Nice.

Hollande extends state of emergency

François Hollande, the French president, warned his country that the nation had been targeted by Islamic terrorists as he extended a state of emergency, already in place since November's attacks in Paris, by another three months.

“A fresh atrocity has has just been inflicted on France,”  he said in a televised address. “It is the whole of France which is under threat from Islamic terrorism.”

Mr Hollande not only announced a reassessment of the domestic terror threat, but also pledged to step up military activity in Syria and Iraq.

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