Dozens killed as lorry ploughs into crowd in Nice

At least 80 people are dead after a lorry ploughed into a crowd attending Bastille Day celebrations in the French city of Nice on Thursday night, in what is being investigated as a terror attack. 

Here are the main developments so far:

  • At around 11pm local time lorry ploughed into a crowd of people in the southern French city of Nice towards the end of a fireworks display to celebrate the Bastille Day holiday.
  • The lorry drove at a high speed for a distance of around 2km through the crowd, according to witnesses and officials.
  • The driver of the lorry was shot dead by police.
  • Officials have said that at least 80 people have died, including children, with around 20 more critically injured.
  • French President François Hollande said the attack was “clearly of a terrorist nature”. It is being investigated by France’s anti-terror unit.
  • Hollande said a state of emergency implemented after the November terror attacks in Paris and due to end on July 26 will be extended by another three months.

Source http://m.france24.com/en/20160714-vehicle-ploughs-crowd-french-city-nice-possible-attack

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