Sunday 4 December 2016

'Stay indoors' - Irish citizens in Nice warned to 'be vigilant' after Bastille Day attack

Published 15/07/2016 | 11:23

A picture taken on July 14, 2016 shows a flash of lightning as fireworks explode over the French riviera city of Nice, southeastern France, as part of France's annual Bastille Day Celebrations. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on July 14, 2016 shows a flash of lightning as fireworks explode over the French riviera city of Nice, southeastern France, as part of France's annual Bastille Day Celebrations. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
The truck which slammed into the crowd that had gathered for a Bastille Day fireworks display in the Riviera city of Nice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
French forensic police continue their investigation as they gather clues the day after a truck at high speed ran into a crowd killing scores celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday. Reuters/Eric Gaillard
People react after the tragedy. AFP/Getty Images
Police officers stand near a van, with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
French soldiers advance on the street after last night's terror attack. Photo: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

The Department of Foreign Affairs is warning Irish citizens in Nice to stay indoors after upgradin its travel advice today following the suspected terrorist attack in Nice which left 84 dead and at least 18 fighting for their lives.

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The security status warning was elevated to “exercise a high degree of caution” this morning following the attack around 10:30pm local time on Thursday.

A 31-year-old Franco-Tunisian man deliberately drove a lorry into crowds celebrating the French national holiday Bastille Day on the packed Promenade des Anglais in the heart of the city’s tourist district. He was shot dead by police after reportedly firing into the crowd.

A spokesman for the department said it is still awaiting word from French authorities over any Irish casualties.

“It’s obviously a very confused situation,” he said.

The department has received a “small number of calls” from Irish citizens concerned about their loved ones in France, he said.

However, French authorities have not yet confirmed whether any Irish are among the dead and wounded, he said.

The department’s website doesn’t mention the deadly atrocity, but rather describes it as a “serious incident”.

“Irish citizens in Nice should closely follow the advice of local authorities, which is currently to remain indoors. The Embassy is in contact with the French authorities, and we will update this page as information becomes available.”

“Irish citizens throughout France should exercise a high degree of caution, and follow the instructions of local authorities,” it read.

It also reminds people to “be vigilant in public places” following the Paris terrorist attacks on November 13, 2015.

Any Irish citizen who is concerned about loved ones in France can contact the department on 01 408 2000.

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