Police arrest Bastille Day killer’s WIFE as dramatic footage shows moment Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was shot dead in the truck he used to drive through crowds, killing 84 people including 10 children

 

  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Terrorist uses lorry to mow down crowds during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice
  • Death toll currently stands at 84, 202 were injured, 52 are in a critical condition and 25 are on life support machines
  • ID card belonging to Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a French Tunisian man, 31, from Nice, found next to his body
  • His cousin said Bouhlel, a father of three, told MailOnline he flouted every rule of Islam, beat his wife and took drugs
  • Police say terrorist’s wife Hajer arrested and in custody as officers work on his motives and if he had accomplices
  • At least 10 babies and children were killed, some in buggies, with least 54 children also being treated in hospital
  • Eyewitnesses said driver zig-zagged at 40mph to hit crowds of people who were sent flying or jammed under wheels

 

Police today arrested the wife of the ISIS fanatic who killed 84 people including at least ten children in Nice using a lorry and a handgun.

Killer Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, a French Tunisian and married father of three, mounted pavements at high speed and ploughed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice last night.

Today Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said police have arrested his wife Hajer, who he was about to divorce, as detectives try to establish his motives and if he had accomplices.

Dramatic footage released today shows the moment he was shot dead by police in the 19-tonne lorry he used as a murder weapon on his mile-long killing spree.

One eyewitness filmed armed officers approaching the cab of the lorry and firing repeatedly through its windscreen and doors before it appears Bouhlel can be heard screaming after being hit by a police bullet and he died slumped in the passenger seat.

Witness Nadar El Shafei told the BBC: ‘He died inside the vehicle – I saw his head [hanging] out of the window, they kept shooting him from all sides just to be sure. Then they asked us to run away in case there were others inside the car or a bomb.’

The shootout came after his 30 minute rampage where he aimed at crowds watching fireworks and sent ‘bodies flying like bowling pins’ and left others ‘jammed’ under the lorry’s wheels at around 10.30pm local time last night.

This evening the death toll stands at 84 with another 202 injured. Of those 52 are in hospital in a critical condition and 25 of them are on life support machines.

Heartbroken men and women refused to leave the bodies of their loved ones and the dead remain strewn across the famous Promenade des Anglais today. Hundreds have now laid flowers in their memory as President Hollande said ‘many foreigners have died’ with at least 50 more people ‘between life and death’.

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Pictured: This is reputedly the ID card in the name of terror suspect Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel found in the cab of the lorry used to mow down and murder 84 people and injure dozens more who were among 30,000 on the seafront last night
Terror attack: At least 84 people were killed and dozens more critically injured last night when a terrorist killer, named locally as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, drove this truck, riddled with bullets, through crowds celebrating Bastille day in Nice

Security forces were stretched as the truck hit people indiscriminately as they tried to flee from the carnage last night 

Security forces were stretched as the truck hit people indiscriminately as they tried to flee from the carnage last night

French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve spoke to reporters early this morning as the death toll continued to rise 

French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve spoke to reporters early this morning as the death toll continued to rise

Heavily armed soldiers occupied the centre of the town to restore control after the attack which claimed at least 50 lives 

Heavily armed soldiers occupied the centre of the town to restore control after the attack which claimed at least 50 lives

An air ambulance arrived at the scene, pictured,  to take survivors of the attack to hospital 

An air ambulance arrived at the scene, pictured,  to take survivors of the attack to hospital

Fireworks were filling the night sky as the drama unfolded, as the crowds enjoyed July 14th, which is always a Bank Holiday in France

Fireworks were filling the night sky as the drama unfolded, as the crowds enjoyed July 14th, which is always a Bank Holiday in France

Australian tourists Marcus and Sally-Anne Freeman were in Nice for Bastille Day and took pictures before the massacre took place

Australian tourists Marcus and Sally-Anne Freeman were in Nice for Bastille Day and took pictures before the massacre took place

Thousands of people stood on the beach waiting for the fireworks display to celebrate the storming of the Bastille 

Thousands of people stood on the beach waiting for the fireworks display to celebrate the storming of the Bastille

The attack happened in the Promenade des Anglais in Nice in the South of France while victims were watching a firework display 

The attack happened in the Promenade des Anglais in Nice in the South of France while victims were watching a firework display

Forensic officers tried to establish what exactly happened last night in an effort to determine whether the killer had any outside help

Forensic officers tried to establish what exactly happened last night in an effort to determine whether the killer had any outside help

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve, back row, second left, held crisis meetings in Nice in the aftermath of the terrorist attack 

European Council president Donald Tusk said Europe stands united with the French people in the battle against violence and hatred, while Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders both described the attack as ‘barbaric’.

DEFIANT FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE PLEDGES TO HIT ISIS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ HARDER

French President Francois Hollande said it was undeniable that last night's attack was a terrorist atrocity 

French President Francois Hollande said it was undeniable that last night’s attack was a terrorist atrocity

In an emotional speech, President Hollande said: ‘Last night a lorry hit a crowd of people in Nice with the intention of killing.

‘At the time i speak there are 77 victims, of which many are children.

‘Once again we have seen extreme violence and it is obvious we must do everything to fight against this terrorism.

‘The driver was shot and killed. We are investigating whether he was linked to any others.

‘France has been hit on its national day, the 14th of July.

‘I want to express my solidarity with the nation, which is now in mourning. I have instructed all regional hospitals to be prepared for an influx of injured.

‘Under these circumstances we must display caution. and we must work together but we must during this busy weekend show care and attention for security.

‘I will once again mention our highest military operation of security which allow the mobilisation of 10,000 military officers across the country.

‘This will cover all brigades of the police, who will be called from across the country, to the Nice region to assist their comrades

‘We will also pay much attention to tightening borders and I will now announce that the state of emergency which was meant to be lifted will be extended a further three months.

‘Following this we will show real force and military action in Iraq and Syria.

‘Our defence department will hold a meeting later this morning. Followng this meeting I will travel with the prime minsiter to Nice later today.

‘France has been hit by tragedy once again.

This monstrosity of using a lorry to deliberately kill people, many people, who only came out to celebrate their national day.

‘France is in tears, it is hurting but it is strong and she will be stronger – always stronger than the fanatics who wish to hurt us.’

British Prime Minister Theresa May is being kept up to date on the ‘terrible incident’ in Nice, a Downing Street spokesman said.

He added: ‘Our thoughts are with all those affected by this terrible incident on what was a day of national celebration’.

British police forces have been asked to review security at major events across the UK following the deadly attack in Nice last night, which killed 84 people and left more than 100 injured.

Downing Street said the precautions are ‘to ensure the appropriate security is in place’ as Theresa May vowed to increase efforts to defeat the ‘brutal’ terrorist ‘murderers’.

The new Prime Minister said Britain stands ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with France today after the ‘horrifying’ events in Nice last night saw several children among the victims of a terrorist who drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day.

A ‘small number’ of British nationals have been injured in the attack, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said today.

The Government’s emergency Cobra committee met this morning, while Mrs May said the UK’s security threat remained at ‘severe’ – meaning a terror attack in Britain is highly likely.

Mrs May, who has vast experience of responding to terror threats having served as Home Secretary for the last six years, pledged to step up efforts to defeat terrorism to ‘stand up for our values and for our freedom’.

France’s ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud, said last night that the world’s democratic states are under attack in a Bastille Day reception in Washington.

‘Our democracies – France, the United States, our other partners , we are besieged, we face a terrible threat.’

The country is already in a state of emergency after 130 people were killed in a terror attack in Paris in November. After last night’s attack it was extended for another three months.

Following last night’s horrific terror attack in Nice President François Hollande has promised to show ‘real force’ in Iraq as he confirmed that children were among the dead.

The French leader has returned to Paris from the city of Avignon to hold an urgent meeting at the Interior Ministry and is expected to head to Nice later this morning along with the Prime Minister.

Mr Hollande held a press conference shortly after Thursday night’s incident, which left at least 77 people dead after a truck ploughed through crowds watching fireworks as they celebrated Bastille Day.

In an emotional speech, he said: ‘Last night a lorry hit a crowd of people in Nice with the intention of killing. At the time I speak there are 77 victims, of which many are children.

‘Once again we have seen extreme violence and it is obvious we must do everything to fight against this terrorism.’

In the meeting he will seek advice on how France should react to the attack, which took place just hours after he issued a statement confirming that he would end the nation’s nine-month state of emergency.

Speaking earlier in the day, the President announced that the extreme terror threat level – which had been in place since the November 13 attacks which left 130 dead – would not extend beyond July 26.

According to France 24, the state of emergency was extended three times by parliament in an effort to provide additional resources to ensuring safety through the Euro-2016 soccer tournament, which concluded on Sunday.

ut following last night’s horrific attack, he has now confirmed the state of emergency will be extended by a further three months.

Speaking at the press conference, Mr Hollande said: ‘The driver of the lorry was shot and killed. We are investigating whether he was linked to any others.

‘I want to express my solidarity with the nation, which is now in mourning. I have instructed all regional hospitals to be prepared for an influx of the injured.

‘Under these circumstances we must display caution. and we must work together, but we must during this busy weekend show care and attention for security.

‘I will once again mention our highest military operation of security, which will now allow the mobilisation of 10,000 military officers across the country.

‘This will cover all brigades of the police, who will be called from across the country, to the Nice region to assist their comrades

‘We will also pay much attention to tightening borders and I will now announce that the state of emergency which was meant to be lifted will be extended a further three months.

Boris Johnson said he is ‘shocked and saddened’ by the tragedy, which will be the first major international incident he will deal with as Foreign Secretary since being given the job earlier this week.

French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: ‘We are in a war with terrorists who want to strike us at any price and in a very violent way.’

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet gave an update on the rapidly developing situation. He said: ‘There is no hostage-taking. An individual drove a truck into the crowd. He was killed by police.

‘Investigations are currently under way to establish if the individual acted alone or if he had accomplices who might have fled.’

Local politician Eric Ciotti said: ‘It’s a scene of horror.’ He confirmed the truck mowed down ‘several hundred people’.

He said the truck drove for more than a mile hitting people along the promenade and confirmed the driver was killed by police ‘apparently after an exchange of gunfire’.

The truck was riddled with at least 40 bullet holes. The front of the vehicle was badly damaged while the front tyres had been shot out.

The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation for ‘murder, attempted murder in an organised group linked to a terrorist enterprise’.

Bodies were strewn over more than 100 metres along the promenade in Nice in the South of France

People leaving the area were ordered to hold their hands up as they evacuated the scene near the sea front in Nice last night 

People leaving the area were ordered to hold their hands up as they evacuated the scene near the sea front in Nice last night

Shocked survivors held each other after witnessing the massacre which killed more than 70 people injuring at least 150 others 

Shocked survivors held each other after witnessing the massacre which killed more than 70 people injuring at least 150 others

Soldiers secured the scene while emergency workers treated the wounded and checked on those killed in yesterday's massacre

Soldiers secured the scene while emergency workers treated the wounded and checked on those killed in yesterday’s massacre

Within an hour of the attack, French authorities had handed over the investigation to anti-terrorist police

The Hotel Negresco was used as a make-shift triage centre to house survivors of last night's terrorist attack 

The Hotel Negresco was used as a make-shift triage centre to house survivors of last night’s terrorist attack

At least 15 people are believed to be in a critical condition following last night's terrorist attack in Nice

At least 15 people are believed to be in a critical condition following last night’s terrorist attack in Nice

Amid the chaotic scenes people were separated from their loved ones and were unaware whether they had survived the massacre

Emergency services used bars, restaurants, casinos and hotels as triage centres to deal with the walking wounded

Emergency services used bars, restaurants, casinos and hotels as triage centres to deal with the walking wounded

A massive security operation was launched in the aftermath of the deadly massacre with survivors evacuated with their hands up

A massive security operation was launched in the aftermath of the deadly massacre with survivors evacuated with their hands up

Emergency services took badly wounded survivors away from the scene in a fleet of ambulances to nearby hospitals for treatment 

Emergency services took badly wounded survivors away from the scene in a fleet of ambulances to nearby hospitals for treatment

The front of the truck was badly damaged after it knocked down dozens of people enjoying an evening by the sea front 

The front of the truck was badly damaged after it knocked down dozens of people enjoying an evening by the sea front

A man holding a small girl carried the traumatised youngster away from the scene of the massacre in Nice, southern France

A man holding a small girl carried the traumatised youngster away from the scene of the massacre in Nice, southern France

French anti-terrorist police have taken over the investigation with US President Barack Obama promising his assistance 

French anti-terrorist police have taken over the investigation with US President Barack Obama promising his assistance

US President Barack Obama has condemned what appears to be ‘a horrific terrorist attack’ and has directed his officials to provide any assistance required by the French government.

He said: ‘On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians.

‘We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.

‘We know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.

‘On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world.’

Carrying on: One women in Nice decided to sunbathe on a wall close to where the attack happened on the Promenade des Anglais 

Carrying on: One women in Nice decided to sunbathe on a wall close to where the attack happened on the Promenade des Anglais

Holidaygoers: People arrived back at the beach with their inflatables on Friday after the horrific attack the night before 

Holidaygoers: People arrived back at the beach with their inflatables on Friday after the horrific attack the night before

Devastated: A man appears emotional as he sits near a French flag along the beachfront the day after the attack

Devastated: A man appears emotional as he sits near a French flag along the beachfront the day after the attack

His Secretary of State John Kerry added: ‘The horrendous attack in Nice is an attack against innocent people on a day that celebrates Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.

‘On behalf of all Americans, and especially the great many with close ties to France, I offer our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed and our hopes for a speedy recovery to those who were injured.

‘I was proud to stand alongside French leaders earlier today at Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, and the United States will continue to stand firmly with the French people during this time of tragedy. We will provide whatever support is needed.

‘Our embassy in Paris is making every effort to account for the welfare of U.S. citizens in Nice. Any U.S. citizens in Nice should contact friends and family directly to inform them of their well being.’