The Nice attack occurred on the evening of the 14th of July 2016, a man deliberately drove a cargo vehicle into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, followed by mass shooting, killing at least 84. He was shot and killed by police.

It is understood that large crowds of people had gathered along the foreshore of Nice, France, to watch the Bastille Day fireworks and at approximately 22:40 local time, a Renault Midlum cargo truck was driven at speed on the Promenade des Anglais towards the crowd of people; the truck travelled at least 100m before it hit the crowd and then continued to drive two kilometres through the crowd.

The police eventually fired at the truck, killing the driver and ending the attack.

The number of deaths stands at 84 and non-fatal injuries are 65+.

Some eyewitnesses reported that the truck was swerving to hit more people. There were also reports of firing from the cabin of the truck, although there was confusion due to people setting off fireworks on the street.

One eyewitness told CNN that the attack occurred after the fireworks celebration. She also said that the perpetrator drove the truck through a blocked street. It was reported that he shouted “Allahu Akbar!” before he was killed.

According to French newspaper Nice-Matin, the perpetrator was identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel – a 31-year-old man of dual French-Tunisian nationality. His identification was reportedly found in the truck.

Prime Minister Theresa May has been briefed on the attacks. A spokesperson for 10 Downing Street said:

“We are shocked and concerned by the scenes there. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this terrible incident on what was a day of national celebration.”

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Ian Blewett
5 years ago

Maybe the title should read “Attack in Nice”