Thursday 23 February 2017

Bastille Day terror: 75 die in Nice attack

Bodies litter street after truck ploughs into hundreds of revellers

Ryan Nugent

Published 15/07/2016 | 02:30

Police and forensic officers gather around the truck, whose windscreen was was riddled by bullets from police. Photo: Reuters
Police and forensic officers gather around the truck, whose windscreen was was riddled by bullets from police. Photo: Reuters

Guns and grenades were found in a truck that mowed down and killed more than 75 people on Bastille Day in Nice during an apparent terror attack.

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Several hundred people are also understood to have been injured during the horrific incident about 10.30pm local time when a truck drove up to 2km through crowds along the promenade of the French coastal city.

Thousands of people who had gathered to watch fireworks fled in terror from the scene.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing a gun battle and photographs showed armed police with weapons trained on a bullet-riddled white truck Police said they later found a stash of guns and grenades in the back of the truck.

Local man Wassim Bouhlel said he saw the truck drive into the crowd. "There was carnage on the road," Mr Bouhlel said. "Bodies everywhere."

Mr Bouhlel said he witnessed a man emerge from the truck with a gun and start shooting.

Nice mayor Christian Estrosi tweeted: "Dear people of Nice, the driver of a truck seems to have left dozens dead. Stay for now in your home."

President Francois Hollande cut short his holiday and returned to Paris from the city of Avignon to hold a crisis meeting at the Interior Ministry.

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