At least 75 people are killed after a lorry reportedly struck a crowd soon after Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice.
Quoting local media, the BBC reported that the incident happened on the famous Promenade des Anglais after a firework display. The driver of the lorry has reportedly been killed. The cops have found guns and grenades inside the lorry.
The driver has been identified as a 31-year-old Franco-Tunisian man whose identity papers were found in the truck. He fired pistol several times, news agency AFP quoted an investigative source as saying.
Social media platforms have been flooded with images of victims with one image on Twitter showing about a dozen people lying on the street.
Officials have described the act as “an attack” and advised local population to stay indoors.
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi was quoted by BBC as saying that “a lorry driver appears to have killed dozens of people.”
According to AFP news agency, prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre said the lorry drove two kilometres through a large crowd.
An AFP reporter said the incident took place as the firework display was ending, adding: “We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around.”
One eyewitness told BFM TV: “Everyone was calling run, run, run there’s an attack run, run, run. We heard some shots. We thought they were fireworks because it’s the 14th of July.
“There was great panic. We were running too because we didn’t want to stick around and we went into a hotel to get to safety. ”
Another witness, Roy Calley told the BBC that there were “thousands of people on the promenade” when the incident happened.
Australia has condemned the attack confirming that three of its nationals have been injured in the incident
Described the attack on Bastille Day as a “murderous act of terror”, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, “The ANZACS of today were leading the Bastille Day Parade in Paris ? a recognition of the sacrifice and heroism of a century ago and also of our resolute solidarity with the people of France in the struggle against Islamist terrorism today,” he said in a statement
“Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with the people of France. Our nations are united in freedom’s cause today, just as we were a hundred years ago,” he said