Nice terror attack: Bastille Day celebration turns to mourning

Updated On : 15 Jul,2016 ,17:36 PM
Nice truck attack: France mourns after absolute chaos on Bastille Day

At least 84 people were killed, 18 were in critical condition and over hundred have been injured after a truck ploughed through the throng  of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France. President Francois Hollande called it a “terrorist” attack. The truck driver opened fire even as the truck barreled two kilometers through the festive crowd on the palm-lined Promenade Des Anglais. As panic set in, terrified crowd ran for cover. The police shot dead the driver, identified as a 31-year-old Tunisian, but not before the promenade turned into a graveyard.

Nice truck attack: France mourns after absolute chaos on Bastille Day

The Nice terror attack is the third major strike against France in less than 18 months and prosecutors said anti-terrorist investigators would handle the probe.

Nice truck attack: France mourns after absolute chaos on Bastille Day

The driver was shot dead after barrelling the truck two kilometres through the festive crowd on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais, sending hundreds fleeing in terror and leaving the area strewn with bodies.

Nice truck attack: France mourns after absolute chaos on Bastille Day

Nice terror attack came eight months after Islamic State attacks on Paris nightspots left 130 people dead, dealing a hard blow to tourism in one of the world's top destinations.

Nice truck attack: France mourns after absolute chaos on Bastille Day

The attacker struck after a day of military pomp and ceremony in Paris where armed forces, tanks and fighter jets swooped down the Champs Elysees avenue and spectacular firework displays.