Monday 5 December 2016

Hero with knife clung to lorry in attempt to stop terror rampage

Camilla Turner

Published 18/07/2016 | 02:30

The man described how he saw the 19-tonne lorry begin to plough through crowds of spectators on the promenade and so grabbed a knife and began to run towards the lorry. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images
The man described how he saw the 19-tonne lorry begin to plough through crowds of spectators on the promenade and so grabbed a knife and began to run towards the lorry. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

A man who was watching the fireworks attempted to stop Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, armed only with a knife, the local 'Nice Matin' newspaper has reported.

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Named only as Gwenael, the man described how he saw the 19-tonne lorry begin to plough through crowds of spectators on the promenade and so grabbed a knife and began to run towards the lorry.

The delivery driver (26) explained: "I knew that what was happening was no accident. This guy was carrying out a massacre.

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"He left behind a trail of dead bodies, of flesh and blood. I had to leap over corpses to try to get close to him.

"He targeted one particular group of people.

"It was carnage. He then accelerated again and got away from me.

"I saw what was left behind. For a split second, I thought of what I could do for those who had been run over, but it was too late, so I tried again to catch up with him."

Gwenael clung on to the back of the truck, which was eventually halted by police in a hail of gunfire. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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