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French Tunisian storms into Bastille Day crowds, kills 84, shot dead

Fri, Jul 15, 2016, 11:15 AM
In a lone-wolf operation, a Tunisian-French terrorist gunman killed 84 people and wounded scores when he drove a heavy truck at high speed into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday.

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

The authorities said they found identity papers belonging to a 31-year-old French-Tunisian citizen in the truck, as well as "guns" and "larger weapons".

The truck driver who rammed his vehicle into a massive crowd in Nice fired a pistol several times before being shot dead by the police, a local official said Friday.

"At the moment that he was shot dead by police, he had fired several times," said president of the region Christian Estrosi.

The terrorist was stated to have jumped the truck and took refuge in a restaurant where he was shot dead.

A source close to the investigation said an "inactive" grenade was found inside the 19-tonne truck, as well as "several fake rifles".

Regional lawmaker Eric Ciotti described "terrifying images, a scene of absolute horror, with many children among the dead".

"Families who were sharing a moment of leisure were targeted. It was a symbolic day in a symbolic place. That... motivated the attack," he said.

The truck driver was known to the French police for common law crimes, according to police sources, but not to the intelligence services.
Agency: Ap7am Desk
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