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Nice terror attack: Live updates as 84 killed when...

Nice terror attack: Live updates as 84 killed when...
WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES Shocking footage shows bodies lying in the street as people flee the 'chaotic' scene in the city in France...

WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES Shocking footage shows bodies lying in the street as people flee the 'chaotic' scene in the city in France

A lorry loaded with weapons and hand grenades drove on to a pavement in Nice more than a mile before police shot dead the driver.

The killer was a 31-year-old French citizen born in Tunisia. He was said to be known to police but not on a terror watch list.

At least 77 people have been killed and 40 more critically injured - including 30 children - after a truck crashed into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day.

Horrifying pictures and videos have emerged of bodies strewn across the street after the lorry driver ploughed into revellers along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France.

The truck driver was shooting from the window of the cab as he smashed through the throngs of people - many still in beachwear - at 40mph.

He then emerged shooting from the vehicle before being gunned down by police.

Guns and grenades were found in the back of the truck "suggesting a premeditated attack".

Other videos posted to Twitter show terrified people rushing away from the scene.

Panicked crowds, including a woman with a push chair, can be seen dashing for safety and falling over each other in their bid to escape.

Sebastien Humbert, prefect for the Alpes-Maritime area, told BFM TV: "A truck rammed into the crowd over a long distance, which explains this extremely heavy [death] toll."


He added the truck driver had been shot dead and that he was treating the incident as an attack.

Nice Bastille Day truck crash This shocking image shows bodies strewn over the tarmac

He drove at high speed for 100 metres before hitting the the crowd, according to reports.

One witness Tweeted: "I'm in Nice and I cannot describe the situation - scary awful.

"Dead bodies everywhere people killed in front of my eyes.

"Had to be planned."

Harjit Sarang, 42, a surrogacy lawyer from London, was in the city with her husband and two young sons, aged six and nine.

She was caught up in the panic immediately after the incident as crowds rushed through the streets away from the main promenade.

REUTERSAn injured individual is seen on the ground
At least 30 people are thought to have been killed
REUTERSFrench soldiers advance on the street
French soldiers advance on the streets of Nice



She told the Mirror Online: "We were told about the fireworks by someone in the hotel and decided to go along.

"I was going to leave my husband to take the boys because I was so tired but I'm so glad I didn't now.

"The fireworks had just finished and we were walking just off the main promenade when we saw people running and screaming through the streets.

Harjit SarangHarjit Sarang spoke to the Mirror Online
Harjit Sarang


"It was just sheer panic and with the volume of people it was a crowd mentality."We just started running, it was so difficult to stay together and to stay calm, especially with two small boys.

"We just ran, we panicked, not even knowing in which direction our hotel was.

"My eldest son was yelling at us, 'why have you brought me here, I'm never coming here again.'

"The worst thing is thinking we took our children into that.

"The family arrived in the city by train from Monaco today and are due to fly home tomorrow.

Anti-terror police are now swarming the streets.

“It is absolute chaos,” said an eye witness who works in the Nice judiciary.

“There are reports of dozens of people killed, and many more injured. Bodies are lying everywhere.

“Police are flooding the streets, including anti-terrorism officers.

“Nobody knows what to do, except to hide away.”

Another witness told Europe1: "Everybody turned around and saw a massive truck, a 35 tonner, which went into the crowd, up onto the pavement and was crushing everybody.

REUTERSFrench soldiers and police secure the area
Soldiers and police are swarming through the city's streets

"People were flying in all directions, who were thrown in all directions, and he continued, continued on his route almost to the end of the Promenade without stopping.

"People started running in all directions, there was shouting, there were screams.

"There were scenes of panic everywhere and when I wanted to cross back to get home there were dead bodies everywhere, everywhere, everywhere, on the road, it was horrific."

A picture has emerged showing a smashed up truck - allegedly the one involved in the incident.

AFP/GettyBullet holes are visible in the front of the truck
Bullet holes are visible in the front of the truck

Police officers can be seen hiding behind a tree as they approach the vehicle.

Another picture shows a similar looking vehicle with what appear to be bullet holes in the windscreen.

The mayor of Nice has warned people in the city to stay inside.

REUTERSVictims on the seafront in Nice
Victims on the seafront in Nice

Christian Estrosi wrote in French on Twitter: "Dear Nice, the driver of a truck seems to have left dozens dead.

"Stay in your homes for now."

He added: "This is the worst drama in the history of Nice."

The Promenade des Anglais is a celebrated walkway along the Mediterranean that extends from the airport on the west to the Quai des États-Unis on the east, a distance of approximately 4 miles.

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