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14 Jul

TRUCK MASSACRE HITS FRANCE: ‘70+’ DEAD

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TRUCK MASSACRE HITS FRANCE: ‘70+’ DEAD

Attack During Bastille Day Fireworks… ‘Carnage On The Road’… ‘Bodies Everywhere’… Truck Loaded With Arms And Grenades… Police Killed Driver… Obama: ‘We Stand In Solidarity And Partnership With France’…

Local officials said dozens more were also injured in the attack.

  • A truck plowed into large crowds in Nice, France, who were celebrating Bastille Day.

  • At least 70 people were killed, French officials said.

  • A local official said the truck was “loaded with arms and grenades.”

A truck crashed into a crowd of Bastille Day celebrants in the French city of Nice Thursday night, killing at least 70 people and injuring dozens more, according to local officials and media.

Police shot and killed the truck driver, Reuters reported.

The motive of the driver was not immediately clear, but region president Cristian Estrosi said the truck was “loaded with arms and grenades,” according to the Associated Press.

Sylvie Toffin, local prefecture spokesman, told the AP that officials believe the crash was deliberate. “It was an attack,” she said, without elaborating.

Counterterrorism officials have taken over the investigation, HuffPost France reported.

“There was carnage on the road,” Nice resident Wassim Bouhlel told AP. “Bodies everywhere.”

A reporter from Agence France Presse saw a white van driving at high speed, hitting pedestrians and sending debris into the air. Crowds had gathered along the promenade to watch a fireworks display for the French holiday. Images posted on social media showed people running through the streets of the southern French city.

Local newspaper Nice-Matin posted images of a white truck at the scene and said the vehicle was riddled with bullets.

“The night was going normally with fireworks, but not long after crazy masses of people began running towards Nice’s large streets,” Tanguy, who was at the promenade, told French TV station iTélé. “There were sounds like firecrackers, and we didn’t know whether to run or stay put.”

Police urged residents to stay indoors, and medical teams were on the scene, the AFP said.

French President Francois Hollande headed to Paris for a crisis meeting after the crash, and said he would convene an emergency government summit at 9 a.m. local time Friday.* 

President Barack Obama released a statement Thursday evening calling the attack “horrific” and saying his administration is “in touch with French officials” and has offered to help their investigation.

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