Terror Attack On Crowd in Nice, Celebrating France's National Day. Here's What has came out from the sources till now
A truck driver barreled for more than a mile through Bastille Day revelers aggregating the famed seaside pathway here Thursday, killing scores of people and sending a terror-scarred nation reeling again.
At least 84 people have been killed after a lorry ploughed into a crowd attending Bastille Day celebrations in the French city of Nice on Thursday night, in what is being investigated as a terror attack.
The driver slammed the massive vehicle, which an official said was loaded with explosives and weapons, into a crowd packed with families that had come to see the celebratory fireworks, leaving bodies in his wake.
At the scene, dozens of tearful survivors pushed their way into the town and away from the coastline where they had been watching the fireworks display.
What exactly happened that night ?
- Reports started to emerge at around 10.30 p.m. that a truck had crashed into a crowd in Promenade des Anglais, near Nice's Palais de la Mediterranee.
- Some witnesses said they heard gunshots and explosions, but there was confusion because fireworks were being set off at the time of the crash.
- Witnesses described mass panic as crowd began to flee in all directions. “It was like the running of the bulls,” said, a New Yorker vacationing in Nice.
- Witnesses said a white truck plowed into the crowd, moving at 25 to 30 miles per hour.
- The truck driver was killed by police, according to French officials.
Why did this happen ?
- Revelers said the act appears to have been deliberate.
- The Associated Press and Reuters report that the truck was loaded with weapons and grenades. France has been the target of a recent rash of terrorist assaults.
How many casualties were there ..?
- At least 84 people are reported dead in the attack in Nice, according to French officials, and at least 50 others were hospitalized, 18 of them in critical condition. Some of the injured were children.
- The U.S. Embassy in Paris is trying to account for the welfare of U.S. citizens in Nice and is urging citizens there to “contact friends and family directly to inform them of their well-being,” according to a statement from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
What is not confirmed till now ??
- It’s not clear whether the truck driver acted alone or had accomplices.
- French officials characterized the events as a "terrorist attack." But there has been no claim of responsibility, and it is not known whether the attack was motivated, inspired or carried out by a terrorist organization. The Paris anti-terrorism prosecutor's office has taken charge of the investigation.