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At least 84 people are dead, including ten children, and another 100+ injured in Nice, France Thursday night after a 31-year-old Tunisian migrant drove a truck and plowed through a crowd of people, for over one mile, celebrating France’s Bastille Day. The truck was filled with fake arms and grenades and were not used in the attack. The terrorist did have a pistol and larger gun in the car. The people were killed and horribly disfigured due to being run over by the large truck “bearing down like a mad car” on the promenade and people.
The killer, a 31 year-old Tunisian man and a married father of three, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove onto pavement and continued to drive running into a crowd of people.
Fifty people are between life and death the morning after the attack.
Bouhlel was said to have shouted “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is great” in Arabic right before he was killed in an apparent suicide.
Local news outlets report the truck driver rammed into a large continuous crowd and continued to drive for over a full mile. The terrorist is dead, shot by police after fire was exchanged. Bouhlel exchanged fire with the officers using a 7.65 pistol.
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The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, tweeted that there have been dozens of deaths.
“Dear nice, the driver of a truck appears to have made dozens of deaths. Stay for the moment to your home. More info to come.”
Extremely graphic video is at the very end of this article. If you do not want to see graphic video of the aftermath then proceed with caution.
The terrorist attack took place around 10.40 p.m. local time. The truck’s windshield was riddled with bullet holes and its front grill was destroyed.
French President Francois Hollande spoke in Paris and said that a state of emergency that had been due to expire on July 26, pending from the previous Paris attacks, would be extended by three months.
The local Nice Martin newspaper reported that a large truck drove into and through a crowd on the Promenade des Anglais seaside walk who were watching a fireworks display.
jss dans nice y'a des mouvements de foule de mutant on sait pas pk pic.twitter.com/ByXnaig0Qk
— yannick (@yvnnick) July 14, 2016
French television channel BFM TV said the local prefecture in Nice is treating the incident as an attack and is asking for people to stay off the streets and remain at home.
Wassim Bouhlel told the Associated Press in Nice that he saw the truck driver get out of his car wielding a gun and firing the weapon randomly into the crowd.
“There was carnage on the road,” Bouhlel said. “Bodies everywhere.”
Officials told the news station that the truck driver is also dead.
President Francois Hollande said soldiers would be deployed to support police and gendarmes, especially near the country’s borders.
Below is the extremely graphic video.
— Daradol (@Daradol1) July 14, 2016