Update – At least 60 killed in France truck ‘terror attack’

At least 60 killed in France truck ‘terror attack’
A truck ploughed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice Thursday, leaving at least 60 dead and scores injured in an “attack” after a Bastille Day fireworks display, prosecutors said.
Local government official Sebastien Humbert told BFMTV that the driver of the truck was shot dead after barrelling down the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais in what he called “a major criminal attack”.
While officials referred to an “attack”, the incident had not been claimed by any group. The bloodshed comes eight months after Islamic State jihadist attacks on Paris nightspots left 130 people dead.
France has repeatedly been singled out as a prime target of the group, and has been under a state of emergency ever since, boosting security across the country.

The incident took place on the famous Promenade des Anglais during a firework display, media reports say.

One image on Twitter showed about a dozen people lying on the street, some being tended to.

The local prefecture has urged people in the area to remain indoors, calling the incident “an attack”.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said that “a lorry driver appears to have killed dozens of people”.

He urged residents to stay indoors.

Some reports spoke of shots being exchanged between police and the occupants of the lorry but these have not been confirmed.

Social media video showed people running through the streets in panic following the incident.

A journalist with the Nice Matin newspaper reported from the scene that there was “a lot of blood and without doubt many injured”.

An Agence France-Presse reporter said the incident took place as the firework display was ending, adding: “We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around.”

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