This is horrifying! A truck plowed through a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France on July 14 and up to 84 adults and children have already been reported dead. Hundreds more were injured, with 52 left in critical condition. We have the details on the possible terror attack here.
Regional council head Christian Estrosi immediately warned citizens to seek shelter and stay indoors, tweeting “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.” What originally seemed like a freak accident quickly became an apparent terror attack.
A “lorry,” or big cargo truck, drove right through a crowd of people who were watching the Bastille Day fireworks in the Southern French city, before gunmen began opening fire on the crowd. French outlet BFM-TV claims it could be at least 84 people killed with over 202 more injured, 52 of which are in critical condition. They also say that the driver of the truck was shot dead soon after. The driver has since been identified. A video was uploaded to Twitter showing the aftermath of the attack: hundreds of people running frantically through the streets of Nice, looking for cover.
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Not long after, DailyMail reported that gunman may have taken hostages in two Nice hotels and a restaurant, possibly including the Meridien Hotel, the Hotel Negresco and the Buffalo Grill restaurant. France’s RAID anti-terror squad had been sent to the city to help fight whatever is happening in this horrifying time. However, French Interior Ministry spokesperson said there’s not a hostage situation currently.
Thankfully, the U.S. State Department says they have no current info of any American citizens killed or injured in Nice incident. But they will continue seeking information and keeping the public updated as they learn more.
France has seen way too much tragedy in the past year. On Nov. 13, 2015, several locations around Paris were attacked by ISIS, leaving the city scared and broken. Now, almost exactly 8 months later, the Southern city may be facing a similar tragedy. Our prayers are with Nice today.
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