The mayor of Nice, France, tweeted that a truck ran into a crowd on Bastille Day, killing multiple people. According to Fox News, at least 30 people have been killed, and more then 100 injured.
Similarly, according to Fox News, a gunman fired at a crowd, and the police shot him. According to further reports, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks. A witness has told the Associated Press that he saw the truck driver emerge from the vehicle with a gun and start shooting after ploughing into the crowd. Wassim Bouhlel, a Nice native who spoke to the agency near the city’s Promenade du Paillon, said: “There was carnage on the road. Bodies everywhere.”
British security and government officials are monitoring the situation in Nice, as the seriousness of the incident escalated. The initial details from the report suggest that the truck tactic has been suggested by jihadi propaganda for several years, with a vehicle ploughing into a crowd. For instance, Inspire magazine – affiliated with al-Qaida – urged the tactic several years ago. According to CNBC, President Obama has been briefed on the situation.
According to multiple reports, it is being reported that up to 30 people have been killed. According to CNN: The mayor of Nice, France, tweeted that a truck ran into a crowd on Bastille Day, killing multiple people. Similarly, according to ABC news, the mayor is also urging citizens to stay indoors.
According to Breaking News, some witnesses reported hearing gunshots in Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, where a vehicle reportedly just crashed into a Bastille Day crowd. There were fireworks happening in the area at the time of the crash so it’s not clear if shots were fired. A reporter for the Nice Matin newspaper said: “There are people in blood, probably full of wounded.”
The mayor of Nice, Christian Erstori, tweeted: “Dear Nice, the driver of a truck seems to have left dozens dead. Stay for now to your home. More info to come.”
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What is Bastille Day?
The French National Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, an important event in Paris in a violent revolution that had begun two days earlier, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests.
Live News Footage of Nice, France