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At least 80 people have been slaughtered in southern France after a truck reportedly drove into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day. According to BBC News, the disastrous attack happened on the famous Promenade des Anglais after a firework presentation, and social media videos have revealed people running through the streets in utter panic following the incident. CNN’s reporter Becky Anderson reported that police opened fire on the truck trying to stop it from advancing further, according to French radio stations.
Appalling footage has been circulating from Nice showing bodies lying in the streets after the incident that happened last night in France. There are numerous photographs of the damaged, long-distance delivery truck riddled with bullets being released and tons of images of emergency services treating the injured. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has confirmed that 80 people have been cruelly killed in Nice.
The attacker drove a large truck at high speeds into a dense crowd, and bodies were strewn across the road as the driver ensued to open fire, spraying revellers with bullets according to the Daily Mail UK. They also reported that identity documents belonging to a 31-year-old French Tunisian were found in the truck according to security sources. “Guns and grenades were later found inside the truck, which mounted the pavement at approximately 40mph and steered directly towards hundreds of people”.
French President Francois Hollande said in his official statement to the public that Thursday’s lethal attack on the southern city of Nice was evidently a terrorist attack assault and that the state of emergency imposed since a previous attack on Paris last November would be prolonged for yet another three months. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to unverified reports in the French media.
Since the news broke, photos have men, women and children have been plastered all over social media with messages from loved ones. More than 1,500 people have joined a missing persons Twitter account @nicefindpeole – by posting photos and images of those they wish to locate.