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A truck ploughed into a crowd in the French city of Nice, killing at least 84 late Thursday night, in what President Francois Hollande called a “terrorist” attack on revellers watching a Bastille Day fireworks display.
The truck driver, who was formally identified on Friday, was shot dead after barreling the truck for two kilometres through the festive crowd on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais, sending hundreds fleeing in terror and leaving the area strewn with bodies.
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).
Here are the LIVE Updates:
(All timings in Indian Standard Time)
9. 40 pm: The ex-wife of the Nice truck driver killing 84 people, was held for questioning today, a police
8. 30 pm: The Paris prosecutor says 202 people were wounded in the Nice truck attack, with 25 of them on life support amid the 52 in critical condition overall.
Christian Estrosi, the regional president in Nice said more than 10 children were among the dead.
7.02 pm: French President Francois Hollande says the truck attack was done “to satisfy the cruelty of an individual, and maybe a group.”
Speaking after visiting the hospital where victims were treated, he also said that France was “facing a struggle which will be long.”
6.58 pm: ‘Many foreigners’ among Nice truck attack are dead, says President Hollande.
6.45 pm: President Hollande visits Nice victims in hospital, says about 50 people still “between life and death” in the truck attack.
6.10 pm: Alert at Nice airport lifted, passengers allowed back into the terminal to pick up their bags.
5:30 pm: Evacuation in progress at Nice airport, reason unclear, reports AP. Passengers were ordered out of the Airport and military was seen inside the closed terminal building. READ MORE
5:00 pm: Morocco’s consulate in Marseille has told The Associated Press that at least 2 Moroccans were among the victims of the attack in Nice.
4:00 pm: French President Francois Hollande arrives in Nice after truck attack.
3:48 pm: Police say ID found with Nice truck attacker is of French petty criminal, 31, of Tunisian descent; no DNA confirmation, reports AP.
3:30 pm: US State Department confirms death of two Americans among those killed in the Bastille Day attack in France.
3:22 pm: Belgium to boost security at upcoming National Day post Nice truck attack.
3:02 pm: France declares three days of national mourning after attack in Nice.
1:34 pm: France truck attacker formally identified: police source
1:23 pm: Froome posted a picture of the blue, white and red French flag on Twitter and wrote: “Thoughts are with those affected by the horrific terror attack in Nice.”
1:20 pm: Tour de France riders including race leader Chris Froome sent messages of support to the victims of the deadly attack in Nice, although organizers did not immediately say whether cycling’s showpiece event will continue as planned.
1:00 pm: The city of Marseille has canceled its fireworks show on Friday. The seaside city, not far from Nice and one of France’s largest, announced the cancellation after an attack on Nice’s waterfront promenade left at least 84 people dead.
11:30 am: Nice truck attack death toll rises to 84: interior ministry
9:55 am: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says in the aftermath of a deadly truck attack in France that if he’s elected president he would ask Congress for a declaration of war on the Islamic State.
9:52 am: Hillary Clinton says Americans stand “in strong solidarity with the people of France,” after a truck attack in Nice, France, adding, “We will not be intimidated.”
9:49 am: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is responding to Thursday night’s truck attack in France by arguing for the expulsion from the U.S. of any Muslim who believes in Sharia law. Gingrich is being considered as a possible running mate by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
9:48 am: Besides ensuring continuation of the state of emergency and the Sentinel operation that puts 10,000 soldiers on patrol, he said he was calling up reserve to help police, particularly at French borders.
9:45 am: President Francois Hollande says he will call a defense council meeting Friday that brings together defense, interior and other key ministers, before heading to Nice.
9:20 am: “The identification of the criminal is in progress,” said French interior minister, refusing to confirm reports that an ID card was found after police shot the truck driver dead.
9:15 am: “We are in a war with terrorists who want to strike us at any price and in a very violent way,” the minister said.
8:53 am: I hope injured recover soon. India shares pain & stands firmly with our French sisters & brothers in this hour of immense sadness: PM Modi READ MORE: Appalled by the horrific Nice attack, strongly condemn the violence: PM Modi
8:50 am: India stands shoulder to shoulder with the people and Government of France as it responds to #: President Pranab Mukherjee. READ MORE: President Mukherjee condemns Nice attack, says India stands shoulder to shoulder with France
8:30 am: Attack in Nice on France’s national day a ‘tragic paradox’: European Council President. READ MORE
8:10 am: No Indian affected, says Ministry of External Affairs. Our Ambassador in Paris is in touch with the Indian community in Nice. READ MORE
7:52 am: ‘Terrorist nature’ of # ‘undeniable’: President Francois Hollande
7:33 am: Our Embassy in Paris has opened helpline +33-1-40507070: MEA
7:33 am: State of emergency in France will be extended by three months: President Francois Hollande
7:18 am: France is afflicted with this new tragedy: Francois Hollande.
7:17 am: This monstrosity to use a lorry to deliberately kill dozens of people who have come to celebrate 14th of July: Francois Hollande
7:16 am: Our Ambassador in Paris is in touch with the Indian community in Nice. So far no report of any Indians affected: MEA
05.09 am: Driver of the truck that crashed into the crowd killed by police, says Nice official
Several dozen people injured in tragic incident in Nice France. pic.twitter.com/e4NeOlFd9j
— Christopher Williams (@cwilliams559) 14 July 2016
04.47 am: Trump postpones running mate announcement following Nice attack
My prayers and condolences to the victims and families of the terrible tragedy in Nice, France. We are with you in every way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016
04.21 am: Barack Obama briefed on apparent attack in Nice, France
Statement by @POTUS on the Attack in Nice, France pic.twitter.com/Pp8b6UHVZO
— Ned Price (@Price44) July 14, 2016
04.17am: Death toll rises to 60 in Nice truck ‘attack’, say officials
03.45 am: French official says the truck smashing into crowd in Nice was “an attack.”
03.29am: At least 30 people dead, says local official
03. 21 am: Local news outlet Nice-Matin tweets showing the truck that was used in the attack.
03. 19 am: Dozens likely killed’ after van ploughs into crowd, says mayor of Nice
03. 15 am: Truck crash into crowd leaving fireworks display in French Riviera town of Nice, injuring several and sparking panic