A terrorist attack has killed over 80 people, including several children, in Nice during the city’s annual Bastille Day celebrations. Eyewitnesses report a truck “zigzagging” through crowds with an “intent to kill”.

The local prosecutor’s office has stated that at least 80 people are known to have died, with over 100 injured.

Eyewitnesses state the driver leapt from the vehicle and began firing into the crowd, before Police officers returned fire. It is understood the driver has been killed. French security services have identified the driver as a 31 year-old Franco-Tunisian national who was “known to police”.

The attack occurred on the popular Promenade de Anglais, which was packed with “tens of thousands” of tourists watching a Bastille Day firework show.

Christian Etrosi, prefect of the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, stated the truck was loaded with “arms and grenades” while speaking to press, fuelling fears the attack may have been perpetrated by an organised group. Dutch media have already reported IS claiming responsibility for the attack, a report which has yet to be verified.

The attack comes less than a year after an IS attack killed 130 people in attacks across Paris, centring on a concert at the Bataclan theatre. Earlier in the day President François Hollande had announced that the State of Emergency put in place after the November attacks is to be lifted on July 26th.

President Hollande was rushed back to Paris from Avignon to chair an emergency meeting of French officials. He has now declared three days of mourning following the attack. Prime Minister May was briefed as the situation developed.

Updated 10:08AM BST

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Michael Wadeson
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Is it confirmed as a terrorist attack? The media reports are uncertain

UK Defence Journal
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Hi Michael, local prosecutors have handed over the investigation to anti-terrorism investigators.

Mal Sutcliffe
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Have been a couple of witnesses claiming to of heard “gunshots” yet no official confirmation of this yet. Could of well been fireworks for all we know presently.

Michael Wadeson
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Indeed but the only details given on the media appear to be speculation and here say

Mal Sutcliffe
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Given anti-terror police are now in charge of investigation I’d say it’s fair to assume it was a terrorist attack, maybe just a lone nutjob though as no group has claimed responsibility at all. (Source was French radio station around 3 minutes ago).

Michael Wadeson
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It is looking likely but I will wait for the official announcement

Neil Gaffney
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Michael Wadeson wake up mate it was hardly an accident.

Michael Wadeson
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What I am saying is wait for the official announcement. I recall a truck accident some years ago where 20 plus were killed after a driver had a heart attack and was trying to get control of the vehicle but eventually died in the process along with civilians.

Michael Wadeson
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Neil Gaffney And I am fully awake, thankyou! Probably more than you!

Rob Dean
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Mal Sutcliffe the truck windscreen was littered with bullet holes, looks like the gunfire heard was the police killing the driver

Michael Wadeson
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Are those reports confirmed by anything other than media reporters?

Simon Gurden
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All reports are confirmed. It has been handed to terrorism investigators, the police shot the assailant dead, and guns and grenades have been found in the vehicle.

Mal Sutcliffe
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Thanks for update Rob Dean, had to go out quick so couldn’t keep up with news.

Michael Wadeson
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Simon Gurden Hey. Confirmed by who? I am not saying it is not a terror attack but I must work from actual intel and not just from conjecture and media speculation from unconfirmed reports.

Tom Myzak
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Michael I hardly think that a truck driver would have a cache of guns and grenades in his waggon – the French President has confirmed its a terror attack

Michael Wadeson
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Again, only hearsay through the media reporter and not an announcement by an official at the time of my posting.

UK Defence Journal
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Hi Michael, there have now been three statements from the French government on this.

Tom Myzak
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Why would they all lie Michael?

Michael Wadeson
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UK Defence Journal I have all the updates but just saying that at the time of my original post, there was no official confirmation as of 11 hours ago.

Michael Wadeson
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Tom Myzak No one is saying that they are lying but reporters initially report information that they have heard but not confirmed. Only positive intelligence can give an accurate picture. From the eyewitness interviews and phone footage shown this morning, it would appear that many there were not sure it was an attack until they heard gun fire and then some further away thought it could have been fireworks.

Simon Gurden
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Well then your initial scepticism has been proven wrong

Michael Wadeson
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Simon Gurden Not scepticism at all. I just don’t jump to conclusions based on hearsay and rumour. Even the BBC are now reporting that there are still details to be discovered as the situation becomes clearer.

UK Defence Journal
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The French President has now said it was a terrorist attack.

Neil Gaffney
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Michael Wadeson it was hardly a tragic accident.

Michael Wadeson
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Try reading my updates and not just the initial posts created prior to the facts being confirmed.

Simon Gurden
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Despite the French president, mayor of nice, our government, world leaders, chief of police, eye witness accounts you are still persisting with the scepticism

Robert Billeza Espellarga
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france again?

Jason Surrage
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Here we go again. If this isn’t a terror attack I’ll be very surprised.

Greg Griffiths
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Unbelievable scenes. So sad

Glenda Davis
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Open boarders it appears are not such a good idea, Very sad!

मुकेश यादव
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what is happening in europe

Michael Wadeson
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If this is not a rhetorical question, a truck has plowed into a crowd of Bastille day celebrators in Nice, France and 70 plus are dead

मुकेश यादव
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bloody radical islaam

George Rooney
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Well done West for getting rid off Gaddafi, Hussein and nearly Assad. Really made the world safer fighting Israels wars..

David Julian Price
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Gaddafi was developing nukes, Hussein had Al Quaeda connections and like Assad was gassing his people. Hard to prove the world would have been more peaceful with them still in place.

Simon Gurden
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Give it a rest will you

David Johnson
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Imbecilic comment

George Rooney
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Gaddafi gave up his nukes in exchange for normalised relations with the West. Ask Tony Blair.

Hussein ruthlessly purged Islamic terrorists like AQ, that’s why they tried to assanisate him. They have filled the power vacuum subsequently as Islamic state caliphate

It was the Western backed invaders of Syria fighting Israels proxy war that first and repeatedly used chemical weapons against Syrian army, read the UN reports

Finally stop playing with your toy soldiers and get educated if you really care about the military and the good people that serve us

Rob Dean
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Sickening what is coming out of Nice tonight…. All the worse when you realise that there will be children involved in this 🙁

Andi Nugraha
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Criminal

Panglima Hitam
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just another fucking tragedy to blame the muslims immigrants and block them from entering the Europe

Suresh Modi
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We condemn the terrorist attack in France.

Suresh Modi
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No Mercy on enemies!

Andrei Kornievski
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Benny Chan
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raised the white flag frenchies…

Ian Hughes
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I don’t get why France has become the target for terrorists

Neal Evans
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All them innocent people ,cowardly basturds

Ann Thompson
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Sick wankers

Dan Wheatley
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The death toll is now 84 with hundreds injured.

Simon Gurden
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France has a huge integration problem. Something we may suffer if we continue isolating groups of people into separate communities.

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