At least 84 killed in France as truck plows into crowd

Published: July 15, 2016
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French police forces and forensic officers stand next to a truck July 15, 2016 that ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday on the Promenade des Anglais killing at least 60 people in Nice, France, July 14. PHOTO:

French police forces and forensic officers stand next to a truck July 15, 2016 that ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday on the Promenade des Anglais killing at least 60 people in Nice, France, July 14. PHOTO:

French police forces and forensic officers stand next to a truck July 15, 2016 that ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday on the Promenade des Anglais killing at least 60 people in Nice, France, July 14. PHOTO: PHOTO: TWIITER/@Nice_Matin

FRANCE: A truck ploughed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice, killing at least 84 in what President Francois Hollande on Friday called a “terrorist” attack on revellers watching a Bastille Day fireworks display.

Interior ministry spokesperson Pierre-Henry Brandet said 84 people were killed and scores injured, including 18 in “critical condition.”

The driver was shot dead after barrelling the truck two kilometres (1.3 miles) through the festive crowd on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais, sending hundreds fleeing in terror and leaving the area strewn with bodies.

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Authorities said they found identity papers belonging to a 31-year-old French-Tunisian citizen in the truck, as well as “guns” and “larger weapons”.

The bloodshed came on Bastille Day, a celebration of everything France holds dear, its secular republic and the values of “Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite” (Freedom, Equality, Fraternity).

The attacker struck after a day of military pomp and ceremony in Paris — where armed forces, tanks and fighter jets swooped down the Champs Elysees avenue — and spectacular firework displays.

“France was struck on its national day … the symbol of freedom,” said Hollande.

A photograph showed the front of the truck riddled with bullet holes and badly damaged, with burst tyres. A lone doll lay abandoned on the promenade where families celebrated the holiday just hours earlier.

A body is seen on the ground after at least 30 people were killed in the southern French town of Nice when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday. PHOTO: REUTERS

Robert Holloway, an AFP reporter who witnessed the white truck driving at speed into the crowd, described scenes of “absolute chaos”.

“We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around. I had to protect my face from flying debris,” he said.

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A photograph showed the front of the truck riddled with bullet holes and badly damaged, with burst tyres. A lone doll lay abandoned on the promenade where families celebrated the holiday just hours earlier.

The attack is the third major strike against France in less than 18 months and prosecutors said anti-terrorist investigators would handle the probe.

People cross the street with their hands on thier heads as a French soldier secures the area July 15, 2016 after at least 60 people were killed along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday July 14. PHOTO: REUTERS

It comes eight months after Islamic State attacks on Paris nightspots left 130 people dead, dealing a hard blow to tourism in one of the world’s top destinations.

Hollande announced he would extend France’s state of emergency for three months in the wake of this latest attack and “step up” the government’s action against militants in Syria and Iraq.

He also called up army reservists to bolster the country’s security services that are stretched to the limit.

France has been under a state of emergency ever since the November 13 Paris carnage, which came after 17 were killed in another attack in January at various sites including the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket.

The Islamic State group has repeatedly singled out France as a prime target for its military actions against the group in Iraq and Syria, and hundreds of militants have left France to go and fight in its ranks.
The Mediterranean city of Nice, with its pebble beaches and clear blue water, has been a magnet for sun-seekers and the jet-set since the 19th century.

A concert by popstar Rihanna due Friday was cancelled in the wake of the attack, as well as the Nice Jazz festival.

An Australian caught up in the chaos, Emily Watkins, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that while she saw the truck she did not realise what had happened.

“There was a lot of screams coming from ahead of us where the truck was,” she said.

“People were tripping over and trying to get into hotel lobbies and restaurants or car parks or anywhere they could to get away from the street.”

The Promenade des Anglais was sealed off, crawling with police and ambulances as authorities from the local Alpes-Maritimes prefecture urged residents to stay indoors.

Over the past week, France had been breathing a sigh of relief after successfully hosting the month-long Euro 2016 football championship, which passed off without incident despite fears of attacks.

The tournament brought an all-too-brief burst of joy to a gloomy France, bogged down after the two attacks in 2015, violent anti-government protests, strikes and floods.

The attack sent shockwaves across the globe with China offering “condolences” and US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump postponing the announcement of his pick for running mate because of the attack.

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European Council President Donald Tusk said, “It’s a sad day for France, for Europe, for all of us.”

“The subjects of the attack were people celebrating liberty, equality and fraternity.”

Christian Estrosi, a leading regional politician in the area, said on Twitter: “This is the worst drama in the history of Nice with more than 70 victims already.”

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British PM briefed on ‘terrible incident’ in Nice

British Prime Minister Theresa May is being kept up to date on the “terrible incident” in Nice, a Downing Street spokesperson said Friday.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this terrible incident on what was a day of national celebration,” the spokesperson said.

Anti-terror investigators took over the investigations

France’s anti-terrorism investigation department was asked to take over inquiries into the attack, as reported by the French media.

Obama condemns ‘what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack’ 

President Barack Obama on Thursday said he condemned the attack and offered any assistance France needs to investigate.

“On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians,” Obama said in a statement.

Pakistan extends heartfelt condolences to the government and the people of the French Republic

The government of Pakistan condemned, in strongest terms, the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack on men, women and children in the French city of Nice.

“The government and people of Pakistan extend their heartfelt condolences to the Government and the people of the French Republic on this grave tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and we wish speedy recovery to the injured.

“Pakistan stands in solidarity with the French people in this hour of grief,” a statement issued by Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs read.

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Reader Comments (55)

  • Loose ball
    Jul 15, 2016 - 3:47AM

    A sadist who can’t see people being happy.Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Jul 15, 2016 - 4:06AM

    The French, British and in General Western Media totally Boycotted the killings of more than 30 Kashmiris. BBC totally shunned these news of Kashmir. It was not even a side news in many newspapers.They totally forgot that news that something happened in Kashmir yesterday.. What happened in France is very very bad. But we should treat their news the way they treat ours. Our people who are killed never make it into Western headlines. We are just portrayed as the worst human beings there. Our value is like nothing.
    The value of a Human Being killed in France has far more value than a Value of a Human being killed in attacks in Kashmir. We should condemn attacks against humanity on an equal basis. Recommend

  • sabi
    Jul 15, 2016 - 4:14AM

    Bad bad very bad where are we heading.
    RIP.Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Jul 15, 2016 - 4:26AM

    My sympathies with people of Nice. Lets hope it is not a terrorist attack. Even if it is a terrorist attack, the perpetrator is unlikely to be Pakistani as France is non-english speaking country where not many pakistanis like to immigrate.Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Jul 15, 2016 - 4:47AM

    If anyone thinks that Trump is not going to win, he or she is living in a la la land.Recommend

  • Mahakaalchakra
    Jul 15, 2016 - 5:13AM

    Did the truck driver yell laao akhbar or some thing like that?

    ET, sarcasm should be allowed in newspapers; it sometimes represents reality. Please publish my post.Recommend

  • Tom
    Jul 15, 2016 - 5:16AM

    Another muslim terror with out a doubt. I always held the Gujarat killing against Modi.But now I think France has to what Modi and the Gujaratis did, kill the killers in droves. Muslims set fire to 51 hindus in the train, they in turn killed hundreds of islamo-muslim peaceful religious people. And there is no more muslim terrorism killing in India for 15 years. They learned their lessons. The french should go into their muslim neighbourhood and kill a 1000 of these terrorist supporters, it will be game over.Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Jul 15, 2016 - 5:19AM

    As usual when such an atrocity is perpetrated by a Muslim Tribune’s comments section is empty. So far no one has written expressing sympathy for the dead and their friends, relatives and dependents. I offer my condolences to the people of Nice and France and wishes for the quick recovery to the injured Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jul 15, 2016 - 5:28AM

    Confirmation that the attack was carried out by a Muslim. On CNN.Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Jul 15, 2016 - 5:51AM

    @Malik Saab:
    In Kashmir, people threw live hand grenades on police in garb of stones, they drowned the Police van with people in Chelum river. They burned police station and houses and tried to take over the Airport in Kashmir. What people are you supporting, media is not dead in the west, they study details before printing them.
    On a side note of the French attacks, The driver could have been a tourist to Nice for Euro 2016…Terrorists use international events for entering and using them…Recommend

  • Tp
    Jul 15, 2016 - 6:03AM

    Was the driver a Muslim?Recommend

  • pk
    Jul 15, 2016 - 6:19AM

    @Malik Saab: Then why don’t you start with Baluchistan killings where there is no foreign as well as state media. It is complete black hole.Recommend

  • Travis
    Jul 15, 2016 - 6:22AM

    The French have to strike back otherwise they will be sitting ducks. A certain community is gone rogue and unless preemptive action is taken this will keep repeating. Recommend

  • Rejoice, Muslims
    Jul 15, 2016 - 6:36AM

    Congratulations. The time for jannat is here for the followers of a certain cult. The game is on. @Malik Saab: Recommend

  • Counterpoint
    Jul 15, 2016 - 7:23AM

    Islamic terror attacks have become common the world over. Whether its Australia or Philippines or China or India or Nigeria or Russia or France or USA. When Muslims are in Majority in any Province or region, they demand own Islamic country – Chechnya-Russia, Xinjiang-China & Mindanao-Philippines.

    Why should Non-Islamic countries take this Terror nuisance from Muslims. Why not ship them back to Islamic countries and let them fight themselves? The Truth is there`s no peace where there more muslims. Whether its Pakistan or Indonesia or Egypt or Turkey or Palestine or Jordan…

    Muslims blame the west for the turmoil in the middle east, but the turmoil was always there for 100`s of years.Recommend

  • Pddp
    Jul 15, 2016 - 7:31AM

    Initial reports suggest truck driver being a Pakistani refugeeRecommend

  • wb
    Jul 15, 2016 - 7:42AM

    @Malik Saab:

    Nice try. But the world rightfully ignored the killing of 30 extremist terrorist-supporters in Kashmir.

    But here in Nice, France, religion of peace at work.Recommend

  • AD
    Jul 15, 2016 - 8:21AM

    @Malik Saab: Those people were not throwing stone and fire bombs on security forces.Simply enjoying life with families & kids. Sad ,your views reflect the soft endorsement of this terror attack.Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Jul 15, 2016 - 8:37AM

    Any Pakistani casualty or connection ?Recommend

  • Brekhna
    Jul 15, 2016 - 8:55AM

    It is so unfortunate that God’s creation is being killed to please God. But equally horrifying are some haters’ comments urging more violence. If you want to know what kind of a person was behind the steering wheel, just look at the authors of these comments. Recommend

  • Xman
    Jul 15, 2016 - 9:06AM

    @Tom : shame on you for recomending violence to end violence. Would you like what you reccomended to be done to your family and friends?Recommend

  • Mahakaalchakra
    Jul 15, 2016 - 9:32AM

    @Malik Saab:
    Some people blame the mirror as dirty, not realizing that the dust they see is on their face. No one in his or her right mind can compare a terrorist attack on innocent people and action of LEA such as in Kashmir or in Waziristan. Why almost al Muslim majority areas are on boil or fire? Muslims should learn to live with others (non-Muslims) peacefully on this planet.Recommend

  • Unknown
    Jul 15, 2016 - 9:39AM

    @Tom:

    Where did it say it was a Muslim? He might be a Hindu. Where did you get your education from? Oh sadly India Recommend

  • FAZ
    Jul 15, 2016 - 9:49AM

    @wb:
    Those killed were protestors. Killed during protests. The only terrorist you killed was WaniRecommend

  • Pankaj
    Jul 15, 2016 - 10:01AM

    @سے Shaam (Hanafi): Perfect reply to these ill informed people by army controlled media.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jul 15, 2016 - 10:19AM

    I feel as of now there is nothing to show thats its Islamic terror . for all you know the driver could be mentally deranged. hold your horses. Recommend

  • tatvavetta
    Jul 15, 2016 - 10:23AM

    Pakistan is source of terror all over world be it Kashmir, Saudi , Bangladesh or Britain.Pakistan
    supports violence outside and expect peace in their own country. Who can have peace talk with Pakistan? Maleeah Lodhi shades crocodile tears in UN.Recommend

  • Jul 15, 2016 - 10:45AM

    World gone wildRecommend

  • Haris
    Jul 15, 2016 - 10:49AM

    All we can catch from this comment section is that Indians are one sick nation.Recommend

  • riz
    Jul 15, 2016 - 11:05AM

    WEST Has Double Standard In Tackling Terrorism. hoever, we condemn all such acts including Indian forces atrocities in KashmirRecommend

  • wb
    Jul 15, 2016 - 11:22AM

    @riz:

    Since you’re the epitome of honesty, kindly condemn the Pak army action on Bengalis, Balochis, Mohajirs, Sindhis, Pashtoons.

    Also comdemn the genocide of Palestinians by Pak army forces.

    Also condemn Hafiz Saeed. Also condemn Burhan Wani. Also condemn Afzal Guru.Recommend

  • Wowowow
    Jul 15, 2016 - 11:43AM

    The driver was Tunisian. How long will we be in denial, fellow muslims? The second picture is that of a child’s bodyRecommend

  • Sanket
    Jul 15, 2016 - 12:24PM

    @Haris:
    Yes and Pakistan is the most prosperous and peace loving nation in this world…Recommend

  • Sanket
    Jul 15, 2016 - 12:26PM

    @Haris:
    And Pakistan is the most prosperous and peace loving nation in this worldRecommend

  • Singh
    Jul 15, 2016 - 12:31PM

    What’s the background of the driver? Was he a Pakistani?Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jul 15, 2016 - 12:35PM

    @wb:
    Am I allowed to condemn Modi and Indira Gandhi ?Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jul 15, 2016 - 1:14PM

    @Malik Saab:
    You must either be a terrorist sympathiser or brainwashed at at a madrassa. No one in the West cares about Pakistan because as ex PM of UK, Gordon Brown, said over 90% of world’s terrorism has links to Pakistan. I am embarassed. Are you?
    Also, remember that Pakistan’s economy is sinking and soon will disappear if it does not allocate its priorities properly.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jul 15, 2016 - 1:16PM

    @Haji Atiya:
    Or even Jinnaj for creating the mess Pakistan is in. Your grandchildren will be asking “what and where was Pakistan?”Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jul 15, 2016 - 1:26PM

    @Haji Atiya:
    Please educate us on who was responsible for the 3m of Bengalis in 1971? If you were educated at a madrassa you would not know. Completely brainwashed.Recommend

  • Ram
    Jul 15, 2016 - 1:34PM

    @Shahid:
    Don’t blame the world. It is ONE ideology that is spreading the peace.Recommend

  • nwo
    Jul 15, 2016 - 1:49PM

    how convienient it is that just as france was about to lift emergency a new attack by supposed isis terrorist this whole business is fishy Recommend

  • Amjad Nazeer
    Jul 15, 2016 - 2:01PM

    We divide the “dead” and the “killers” in colours and creed. We divide the mourning in “places” and “positions” to will “for whom to” and “for whom not”. Humanity shall remain a far cry unless we come out of the politics of “ours”, “theirs”, “us” and “others”. The whole phenomenon needs revisiting.Recommend

  • wb
    Jul 15, 2016 - 2:16PM

    @Haji Atiya:

    Yes, absolutely. But not with your typical lies and propaganda. That will make you look like a dying piglet that squeals. Recommend

  • SaneVoice
    Jul 15, 2016 - 3:01PM

    The most interesting part is how these terrorists carry all their information with them especially to verify their religion. Recommend

  • Maryam
    Jul 15, 2016 - 3:26PM

    @Malik Saab:
    Well said..
    I agreeRecommend

  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Jul 15, 2016 - 3:44PM

    @SaneVoice:
    They are doing it in the name of religion! What purpose would it serve if they didn’t carry an ID?? Use your head occasionally.Recommend

  • Anoni
    Jul 15, 2016 - 5:54PM

    I feel so sad when i heard this news. So many innocent people died because of a terriost act that can’t be justified by any religion.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jul 15, 2016 - 7:00PM

    Remember Model Town incident? Same is done to protesters in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Tp
    Jul 15, 2016 - 7:51PM

    EU needs to consult with Modi, Bush and Netanyahu on how to deal with Islamic terror. The only language the community understands and respects is force.Recommend

  • Anon
    Jul 15, 2016 - 8:05PM

    @Amjad Nazeer:
    Not all communities are humane. Some are stuck in a time warp and have stayed true to their barbaric nature.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jul 15, 2016 - 8:27PM

    This is what I think will happen throughout the world in the next 2-3 years.

    Trump said after the last Paris attacks that so many French would not have been killed had they all been carrying guns. I have been against everyone carrying guns but I think that more and more in USA and Europe will be carrying guns. Even in India there are calls to arm the hindu pundits who are being resettled back in in Kashmir from where they were driven out by the muslim mobs through acts of violence and rape. Those being resettled back in Kashmir may also be given training in carrying and handling guns. Of course, licenses to carry guns will be issued more freely to non-muslims everywhere, and more cautiously to muslims. So far, terrorists are having advantage. They have the guns and others do not have this advantage.

    I was against Trump when he said it and I still have hesitation supporting it. However, I am leaning in his direction. In this particular case, the terrorist used the truck. But if many French were armed, they could have stopped him before he was able to kill so many. In Kashmir, if non-muslims are given training in handling arms and are given guns, we will see a lot of change. Had this terrorist been in Arizona with his truck, he would not have been able to do what he did in Nice. He would have been stopped much ahead by the common citizens. It has now become a war between the non-muslim population and muslim population everywhere in the world. Recommend

  • Somebody
    Jul 15, 2016 - 8:40PM

    Completely brain washed….. Like you. What was mukti bhani? What was their role in 1971? Go get some tutorials from raw about their role in 1971 or read Raaina’s book ‘ inside RAW’ what is Indian army doing with the population of Kashmir? @Iqbal: Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 15, 2016 - 11:51PM

    Its a bit early but I’ll venture a guess that this was an act that resulted from the frustrations that develop in societies in the very unequal sociopolitical environment that exists in many countries.
    In simple words this man ‘ lost it ‘ and took it out on others and sadly it was so easy. Recommend

  • Googly
    Jul 16, 2016 - 12:44AM

    Dead? They are blind, deaf and dumb. Have you read Chilcot findings against Tony Blair regarding Iraq invasion? That’s only one example out of many. Do have any answer to [email protected] Shaam (Hanafi): Recommend

  • Amjad Nazeer
    Jul 16, 2016 - 11:20AM

    @Anon:
    You mean certain communites are “humane” in their entirity, others “barbaric in nature”. Then forget about “reforms”, “shift” and “transformation” efforts, and most importanltly setting things right “politically”. It is all “politics” my dear, here and there, and everywhere else too. Innocent souls suffer in response. Think off, before the project of humanity and humanization can even commence. All good things sound idealistic in start. Recommend

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