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France terror attack: Here's what we know about the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice so far

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 15 July 2016, 10:20 IST

Eight months after the deadly terror attacks in Paris in November 2015, France was struck by terror once again. At least 84 people were injured and several others injured when a large truck ploughed through a crowd attending the Bastille Day celebrations on the night of 14 July in the French resort of Nice.

Here is what we know about the incident so far:

- In a televised attack, French President Francois Hollande condemned the attack. Hollande announced that the state of emergency in the country would be extended by three months. as announced by in a televised national address.

- According to reports, President Hollande will hold an urgent meeting at the interior ministry in Paris.

- He is expected to visit Nice along with Prime Minister Manuel Valls later today.

- The driver of the truck was shot dead after having barreled two kilometres through the crowd.

- The attacker was identified as Nice-Matin, a man of Tunisian origin. His identity papers were reportedly found in the cab of the lorry.

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- The driver, who is believed to be 31, also opened fire on crowd before he was shot dead by police.

- The President said that France would "again reinforce its (military) action in Iraq and Syria".

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- "France as a whole is under the threat of Islamic terrorism. We have to demonstrate absolute vigilance and show determination that is unfailing," said Hollande.

- Residents have been asked to stay indoors to allow emergency service personnel to carry on their work at the scene of the attack.

- Search operations are on to find more suspects.

- As confirmed by the External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup, no Indian is reported to be affected in a terror "attack" in French resort of Nice.

Also Read:Nice terror attack: No Indian affected, confirms MEA

-With agencies inputs

First published: 15 July 2016, 10:20 IST
 
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