Truck attacker plows into French crowd, kills 84 celebrating Bastille Day

by SOPHIE SASSARD AND MICHEL BERNOUIN | Reuters  |  published on July 15, 2016

A gunman at the wheel of a heavy truck plowed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing at least 84 people and injuring scores more in what President Francois Hollande called a terrorist act.

The attacker, identified by a police source as a 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman, also opened fire before officers shot him dead. The man was not on the watch list of French intelligence services, but was known to the police in connection with common crimes such as theft and violence, the source said.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 18 people were in a critical condition after the attack on Thursday night, when the 25-tonne white truck zigzagged along the seafront Promenade des Anglais as a fireworks display marking the French national day ended just after 10:30 p.m. (04:30 p.m. EDT).

According to one city official, the truck careered on for up to two km (1.5 miles). Several children were among the dead.

“People went down like ninepins,” Jacques, who runs Le Queenie restaurant on the seafront, told France Info radio.

  • justinwachin

    I wonder how long it will take for the president to call for more gun legislation to prevent tragedies like this from happening again. Oh wait, this terrorist didn’t use a gun to murder his victims. He was a common criminal so he would not have made a terrorist watch list.

    This event is a great example of the foolishness of assuming all mass murder and terrorism would go away if we would just ban guns.

  • The Redhawk

    NO problen Folks the Libtard Idiots in the US SEnate like Sen Sheldon Whitehouse ( RI) will continue to Speak about Climate Change , gun control and NOw may introduce TRUCK control,,,,in their Incompetent and Delusional minds ” PROBLEM SOLVED”….as they Filibuster the MILITARY budget and our Valiant HEROES get LEFT to Winder just WTF is GOING ON about the WAR they have to fight!

  • SDofAZ

    It is time for the French to arm their citizen’s again. This is getting old. And gun free zones to NOT WORK. DISARMING lawful citizen’s does not work. Wake up! This is like leaving your citizen’s as sitting ducks for these terrorist. And put anyone born from these vermin on the watch list. Apparently they ARE breeding terrorist as they have advertised via their holy men. This is the modern day crusades! They have brought their holy war and theology to our homes, now let us ship em back to their hell holes where they came from!

    • The Redhawk

      Ditto for the US armed forces that have to rediploy with NO MILITARY budget passed because REID is FILIBUSTERING IT…and have to fight a World war with fewer boors on rhe ground and falling apart equiment courtesy of Baracky the IDIOT cic

  • Wolfman

    And what is our fearless leader’s response….a letter of condolence to France…it is obvious that this guy has no intentions of actually stopping the Islamic takeover of the World. This guy makes Benedict Arnold look George Washingtonesque by comparison.

    • The Redhawk

      Well a letter is more than he did for Katie Steinle family….and Besides he is TOO busy to LIE about race issues and Gun Control and Climate change….in his sick mind .. PROBLEM SOLVED!!!

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