Bastille Day truck attacker officially identified – police source

2016-07-15 11:31
Police officers stand near the truck with its windscreen riddled with bullets, after the attack in Nice, France. (Valery Hache/AFP)

Police officers stand near the truck with its windscreen riddled with bullets, after the attack in Nice, France. (Valery Hache/AFP)

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WATCH: Forensic experts examine truck used in Bastille Day killings

2016-07-15 10:11

At least 84 people have been killed after a truck zig-zagged through crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice, in an alleged terror attack. The driver was shot dead and forensic experts are now examining the vehicle. Watch. WATCH

Nice – The driver of the truck that smashed into a crowd watching fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice, killing at least 84, has been formally identified, police sources said on Friday.

He is a 31-year-old Franco-Tunisian man whose identity papers were found in the vehicle after the attack on France's July 14 national holiday.

Police have not yet released the attacker's name, but they said he lived in Nice. Other sources said previously he was already known to police for minor criminal offences.

Police shot the driver dead after he drove the truck 2km through a crowd along the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais.

Interior ministry spokesperson Pierre-Henry Brandet said 84 people were killed and scores injured, including 18 in "critical condition".

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