Horrifying moment truck ploughs into crowds in France in 'monstrous terrorist act'

By Petrus Malherbe
15 July 2016

Eighty-four people are dead after a suspected terrorist ploughed into crowds late Thursday night in Nice, France.

Eighty-four people are dead after a suspected terrorist ploughed into crowds late Thursday night in Nice, France.

According to international news reports, hundreds more people were injured after the truck sped through the crowds at over 60 km per hour. Television footage shows the police's desperate attempts to halt the speeding vehicle, which hurtled through the busy Promenade des Anglias Nice.

The truck driver drove for about 2 km before coming to a halt. Witnesses say the driver then got out of the truck and opened fire with a gun on tourists and residents of Nice, who were at a busy beach to see the fireworks display.

"We almost died. It was like hallucinating... (the lorry) zig-zagged," an eyewitness told i-Tele.

"You had no idea where it was going. My wife... a metre away ... she was dead. "The lorry ripped through everything. Poles, trees, we have never seen anything like it in our lives. "Some people were hanging on the door trying to stop it." Graphic photos on social media show the bodies of adults and children flung into the air as the truck connected with them. Emergency personnel rushed to the scene.

At about 00:30 South African time, police managed to shoot the truck driver. Several weapons, ammunition and grenades were found in the truck. According to AFP, the identity documents of a French-Tunisian man also found.

The cause - or motive - the incident is still unknown. Authorities have not officially declared as a terrorist attack, and no terrorist group has claimed responsibility.

French President Francois Hollande described the attack as a "monstrous terrorist act".

Bastille Day is the biggest public holiday in France. The day commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1790.

Sources: CNN; BBC; Sky News

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