Two Americans killed in Nice attack

By AFP
Published: July 15, 2016
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Wounded people are evacuated by emergency teams from the scene where a truck crashed into the crowd during the Bastille Day celebrations in Nice
PHOTO: REUTERS

Wounded people are evacuated by emergency teams from the scene where a truck crashed into the crowd during the Bastille Day celebrations in Nice PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW: Two American citizens were killed in the attack in Nice that has left at least 84 people dead, a spokesman for the US State Department said Friday.

“At this time, we are aware of and can confirm two US citizens were killed in the attack in Nice on July 14, 2016,” spokesman John Kirby said in a statement as US top envoy John Kerry was in Moscow for talks on Syria with his Russian counterpart. “We express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of those killed.”

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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.

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

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