- 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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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
The police said today that French Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel died in the passenger seat of this 19-tonne truck after a shoot-out
Murder weapon: The key suspect is said to have been parked up for nine hours before carrying out the attack and may have been stopped by police but claimed he was delivering ice cream. In fact the back of his lorry contained many weapons and grenades
Horrifying: Police and forensics teams inspect bodies in the French sunshine where at least ten died and 50 injured – many of them in buggies left abandoned today
Disaster zone: Bodies lie along the promenade showing the devastating route the lorry took as it went through huge crowds
Terror investigation: The French authorities say it is their third terrorist atrocity in 18 months and admit it could take some time to identify all the dead
Atrocity: At least a dozen bodies of victims covered by sheets remain at the scene of the terror attack today as the authorities try to identify them
United in grief: Parents of victims embrace each other near the scene of a truck attack in Nice where more than 80 were killed
Tears for the lost: Two young women, obviously grief-stricken, lay flowers and messages for the many people killed and injured in Nice last night
Broken: President Hollande has called for France to unite and said the world was again watching their country after another terror attack
Path of destruction: After spending several hours parked up the killer went on a half hour rampage along the world famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice before he was shot dead by a hero policewoman
French citizens, two Americans, one Armenian and one Ukrainian are among the dead with several Britons among the injured while dozens of panicked people have posted images of loved-ones still missing using the hashtags #Nice06 and #recherchenice.
At least ten of the victims were children, with young girls and boys lying dead covered in a blankets with their dolls and buggies still next to them. Footage taken at the time of the attack shows bodies piled up in the roads and people running from their lives as they tried to avoid the zig-zagging lorry while paramedics treated the injured and dying in the street.
The truck driver, who was known to police, was said to have shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ – God is great in Arabic – before being killed in a clear suicide mission. Pro-ISIS groups have been celebrating the attack, orchestrated to coincide with France’s most important national holiday.
A huge cache of guns, grenades and ‘larger weapons’ and the terrorist’s identity papers were later found inside the lorry, which mounted the pavement at approximately 40mph and steered directly towards hundreds of people watching a fireworks display.
ISIS supporters have been celebrating the attack, orchestrated to coincide with France’s most important national holiday. The gunman was known to police for crimes of theft and violence, but not intelligence services, a police source said. A suspected accomplice is on the run.
France today declared three days of national mourning after the truck attack – its third major terror attack in 18 months – and President Francois Hollande said: ‘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.’
Truck terrorist Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was an ‘unlikely jihadist’ who flouted every rule of Islam, his cousin told MailOnline today.
The 31-year-old – who wreaked terror on the Nice seafront as he turned an evening celebrating Bastille Day into a night of terror in which he murdered 84 innocent people – drank alcohol, ate pork and took drugs.
He never prayed or attended a mosque, and hit his wife – with whom he had three children – and was in the process of getting a divorce.
Bouhlel, who had been known to the French police since January, had been on the radar for six months for petty criminality.
It is understood he lost his job as a delivery driver when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into four cars.
Yesterday, he was stopped by police just hours before he crushed scored of people underneath the wheels of his 25 tonne truck and fired shots indiscriminately at police and innocent bystanders.
He told officers that he was delivering ice-cream to the area and was allowed to park on the waterfront for several hours.
Horrifying footage of the moment the truck turned into a deadly juggernaut were uploaded online within minutes, showing a trail of dead bodies left in its path.
Walid Hamou, a cousin of Bouhlel’s wife Hajer, told MailOnline: ‘Bouhlel was not religious. He did not go to the mosque, he did not pray, he did not observe Ramadan.
‘He drank alcohol, ate pork and took drugs. This is all forbidden under Islam. He was not a Muslim, he was a s***. He beat his wife, my cousin, he was a nasty piece of work.’
Detectives had raided the 12th floor apartment she had shared with her estranged husband in the early hours of the morning and another rented property nearby.
More disturbing facts emerged about Bouhlel’s frame of mind in the hours leading to his murderous rampage on the Promenade des Anglais.
Wissam, a Tunisian neighbour from the same village as the driver claimed: ‘On the Thursday night he was drinking with a colleague and they argued. His pal said you’re worth nothing and he replied: ‘One day, you’ll hear about me.’
Speaking to L’Express he said: Look this is someone who drinks, smokes cannabis.’
Bouhlel’s wife was taken into protective custody by police this morning was held for questioning on Friday, a police source said, adding investigators are seeking to establish his motives and are also looking for possible accomplices.
The Nice terrorist rented the lorry two days earlier and had been parked on the street for nearly nine hours and even told police he was delivering ice cream before carrying out his deadly attack, according to reports.
The killer, who was previously known to police for violence and theft, is reported to have had assault rifles, a pistol and even a grenade with him in the lorry – but they went undiscovered.
Despite allegedly questioning the driver, police officers in the southern French city did nothing to move him on as he waited to begin the attack.
He was shot dead by a police officer, believed to have been female, after he opened fire into a crowd of fleeing people. A motorcyclist tried to stop the rampage by drawing level with the truck and attempting to open the door of its cab before he fell and ended up under its wheels.
Today the delivery truck, riddled with bullets, remains in the centre of Nice with bodies strewn nearby.
Bereft: A shocked woman in yellow sits on the phone next to the body of a loved-one, surrounded by debris, as ISIS terrorists again struck in France, this time on Bastille Day, killing at least 84
Alone: A man sits in silence and clasps his hands while sitting at the head of a body killed in France’s third major terrorist attack in 18 months
Shootout: After zig-zagging through crowds the terrorist fired on crowds before a police marksman shot him dead
Aftermath: This photograph was taken in the moments after the lorry crashed through crowds of people in the devastating terror attack
Panic: People were seen running for their lives after a suspected terrorist drove through crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day then got out and opened fire
Fight for life: An injured young woman wounded in the terror attack is treated in the street by a paramedic as dozens more fight for their lives today
Police halted the truck after firing more than 40 rounds into the cab as it ploughed through more than 100 people in Nice last night
Details of those killed are slowly emerging in the aftermath of the attack.
Twenty-eight-year-old Hamza Charrihi held up an identity card belonging to her mother who was killed in the attack.
She told L’Express: ‘ She wore the veil of Islam and practiced a true and blanced religion…a real Islam. Not the one of the terrorists.’
Recovering from shock in a University building in the centre of Nice, turned into a shelter for relatives, she spoke briefly to pay testament to the memory of her mother.
Damien Allemand, a journalist for French regional newspaper Nice Matin saw the horror unfold.
He said the attack began just as the fireworks display ended as thousands of people were milling around the waterside.
He said: ‘He rode up onto the Prom and piled into the crowd. A fraction of a second later, an enormous white truck came along at a crazy speed, turning the wheel to mow down the maximum number of people,’ he said. I saw bodies flying like bowling pins along its route. Heard noises, cries that I will never forget.’
Witnesses of the attack in Nice described seeing people run through the streets as they heard gunshots.
Wassim Bouhel told the French TV channel iTele that the lorry zigzagged across the road.
He said: ‘We almost died. It was like hallucinating … (the lorry) zigzagged – you had no idea where it was going. My wife was a metre away.
‘The lorry ripped through everything, poles, trees. We have never seen anything like it. Some people were hanging on the door and tried to stop it.’
Neighbours of the man suspected to have killed scores of people in a truck attack on the Nice seafront described him Friday as a loner with no visible religious affiliation, as forensic experts searched his flat.
AFP reporters interviewed about a dozen neighbours of the man, named by police as 31-year-old Franco-Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, whose identity papers were found in the truck.
They portrayed him as a solitary figure who rarely spoke and did not even return greetings when their paths crossed in the four-storey block, located in a working-class neighbourhood of Nice.
Sebastien, a neighbour who spoke on condition that his full name was not used, said Lahouaiej-Bouhlel did not seem overtly religious, often dressed in shorts and sometimes wore work boots.
He had a van parked nearby and owned a bike, which he brought up into his first-floor apartment.
Of those who were interviewed, only one, a neighbour on the ground floor, said she had had any concerns about him – he was ‘a good-looking man who kept giving my two daughters the eye.’
Respect: Huge crowds have gathered in Promenades des Anglais with the lorry in the background this afternoon
United: A young boy leaves a bouquet of white flowers in Promenades des Anglais today surrounded by people of all races and religions
A woman and two children pay flowers tribute outside the French embassy in Moscow, Russia, after a Russian national died in Nice
Police investigators and forensic experts entered his apartment around 9.30am with an armed police intervention unit in support, and brought out bags of material later.
At least 84 people were killed when the white 19-tonne truck slammed into the crowd on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s glitzy beachfront, as they gathered to watch a firework display on France’s national day.
Russian student Victoria Savchenko, 21, was killed instantly when she was hit by the truck as she walked with her friend Polina Serebryannikova, 22, in Nice last night.
Polina today described how she saw the truck career through the crowd just moments before it hit Victoria, a student at the Russian government’s elite Financial University in Moscow.
Sean Copeland, 51, and his 11-year-old son Brodie, who were on vacation in France at the time of the attack, have been confirmed dead by friends and family online.
Haley Copeland wrote on Facebook: ‘By now many of you have heard about the 80 people that have died in Nice, France today from a terrorist attack driving through a parade.
‘2 of those 80 people were American and those 2 people happen to be uncle Sean and 11 year old cousin Brodie.
‘They were there on vacation with my two other cousins and aunt celebrating a birthday.’
Home: Police searched the apartment of Nice terrorist Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel today as well as another van left near the property
Turned over: Officers pulled out drawers, went through cupboards and tested surfaces in the property in the north of Nice today
Probe: French police search a lorry and the apartment of Nice terrorist Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel today as they work out why he did it
Forensics: Officers go over another rental lorry close to the home of suspect Bouhlel – but the company that loaned him a lorry have refused to comment today
People posted images of friends, brothers and sisters, mothers and numerous young people who they have been unable to reach since at least 84 people were killed in the southern French city.
A Scottish woman has launched a desperate online appeal for information to help find her sister and brother-in-law who are currently missing in Nice.
Carol Cowan, 27, and her husband Ross, 30, were on the French Riviera on holiday when a lorry ploughed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day killing 84 people.
The couple, from Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, have not been heard from since and neither have they updated their social media profiles.
Mrs Cowan’s sister Amy Stanton told the Daily Record: ‘We are all just desperately hoping that they will get in touch. The longer that goes by without them getting in touch, the more worried we are all becoming.’
Many others of the heartbreaking messages posted on Twitter include photos of mothers and daughters, young people, and show screenshots of frantic messages sent to the missing, with no reply.
Around 100 people were forced to dive into the sea as panic ensued and holiday crowds desperately ran for their lives. The gunman then jumped out of the truck and opened fire, which is when he was shot dead by police.
French President Francois Hollande said several children were among the dead and added that it was ‘undeniable’ the massacre was a terrorist attack.
He said the truck attack was done ‘to satisfy the cruelty of an individual, and maybe a group.’ Speaking after visiting the hospital where victims were treated, he also said that France was ‘facing a struggle which will be long.’
He said: ‘
Anti-terror police swooped in as the city was put on lockdown and residents were warned to stay indoors for their safety. Gunshots rang out in the streets, with the gunman targeting hotels and cafes in the port city in the south of France.
One witness called Antoine said: ‘We were at the Neptune beach and a firework display had just finished. That is when we saw a white lorry. It was going quickly at 60-70 kilometres an hour.’
Eyewitness Wassim Bouhlel said that he saw a truck drive into the crowd and then witnessed the man emerge with a gun and start shooting.
‘There was carnage on the road,’ Bouhlel said. ‘Bodies everywhere.’
Bodies could be seen lying on the floor by the beach, as the police and other emergency services tried to deal with a mass panic.
Interpol is sending a response team to the French city of Nice to help identify victims and aid in the investigation into the truck attack that left at least 84 people dead.
According to the international police organization, the team will include anti-terrorism specialists.
Ross and Carol Cowan, pictured, have gone missing in Nice amid fears they may have been caught up in last night’s attack
Victoria Savchenko (pictured left), 21, was killed instantly when she was walking down the street and hit. Aurelie Remy, centre, A young boy who had been out with his aunt, are missing
Also dead are Brodie Copeland, 11, from Texas (pictured left on vacation in the French Riviera and right) who died along with his father, Sean
Father, Sean, 51, (pictured far left with wife Kimberly far right, and Brodie, centre) was also killed
Emilie Chevrier (pictured, left) was among the missing as well as Hugo (right), 16, whose brother is desperately trying to find hm
Alexandre Torre, Christelle Nunez and their daughter Lous are missing according to social media
Witness Lucy Nesbitt-Comaskey told Sky News that the noise of gunfire ‘sounded like Beirut’.
She said: ‘I said to my friend ‘This doesn’t sound like fireworks, it sounds like Beirut when it’s under fire’.
‘All of a sudden people were screaming in the streets and running into all the restaurants.
‘All the restaurants were open and people were coming.
‘We were just sitting there and everyone came into our restaurant and the owners were saying ‘Please don’t go anywhere, come in, come in’.
Ms Nesbitt-Comaskey said she and her friend were planning to go to the fireworks but stopped to find a toilet and were only a block away when the attack happened.
Speaking about what she witnessed, she said: ‘It was shocking, it was devastating and I cannot believe that I have come over here for a few days and I have got mixed up in something so tragic.
‘It was just awful.’
Briton Will Shore was in a nearby bar when he heard gunfire and said his initial reaction was to run towards the city centre to see what was happening.
He told the BBC: ‘I kind of ran towards the centre of Nice where there was a rather large jazz festival, and something was going on. I immediately found that military and the local police were just ushering absolutely everybody out of the area.
‘It was quite chaotic really. There was a lot of people screaming, running around and people were kind of being pushed over, I think, from people just being so frightened about what was going on, especially after hearing the gunshots.
‘I had to help a couple of people up who were in distress on the floor because everyone was in such a panic.’
He added: ‘You could genuinely see the fear and panic in people’s faces when they were running away. It was a mass amount of people running away’.
Secure zone: The world’s media has descended on Nice – with police erecting a large screen as they continue to look at the lorry (in the top right of the picture)
Chaos: This is the scene in Nice today where the lorry raced the length of the famed Promenade des Anglais, leaving 84 dead in his wake
Crime scene: The lorry used as a murder weapon remains on the French Riviera city’s famed waterfront promenade with police gathering evidence and marking put bullet casings with yellow numbered signs
Aftermath: The scene on the attack on the Promenade de Anglais where the 31-year-old murderer hit as many people as he could before being killed in a shootout with police
Horror: Bodies are still strewn along the mile-long route as police admitted today that the man who killed them was known to them
A truck ploughed through a large group of people in Nice during a suspected terrorist attack which claimed ‘dozens of lives’
Horrific images depicting men and women lying on the side of a road close to the Promenade des Anglais
A child’s doll lies on the street beside the body of a young girl who was killed in last night’s attack in Nice in the south of France
Monstrous act: A man lies next to a body, with his head in his hands, as he tries to come to terms with the horror of what happened
Emergency: Sécurité Civile helicopters took off from the Promenade des Anglais surrounded by body bags
Armed police took up positions during the attack fearing there were additional terrorists in the area as the perpetrator was shot dead
Death toll: At least ten people lie dead on a short stretch of road where the lorry flew through crowds in Nice, killing families on a national holiday
Emergency services work to save the dead and injured on pavements along the mile-long stretch of road in Nice
Overwhelmed: Paramedics help a stricken victim on the left side of the picture, on the right hand side a man crouches, clearly in tears over the body of a victim
Makeshift: As the death toll rose bodies were left were they were hit or shot and were covered in blankets and often weighed down with whatever was available including rocks from the beach
Stunned survivors stood just feet away from from the bodies of five people who were run over next to HiBeach in Nice, pictured
Path of destruction: The driver spent around 30 minutes on the road before he was stopped by a police marksman in a shoot-out
French police riddled the truck with gunfire in an effort to kill the crazed driver of the truck which ran down hundreds of people
Carnage: The killed zig-zagged across the road trying to hit as many people as possible, including several children killed as they watched the fireworks
Investigation: Police in France are now treating this as a terrorist attack and have admitted the killer was known to them and is believed to be from Nice via Tunisia
Horror: Witnesses described seeing bodies of the dead being sent flying in all directions or being jammed under the wheels of the lorry
Terrible: One of the dozens of people killed by the killer lorry driver lies covered on the pavement with her handbag still next to her
Panic: Emergency services were working through the night to treat people in the street where they lay or in local hospitals. Doctors are begging for people to donate blood to help the injured
Icon: The sweeping promenade of Nice with its famous twinkling street lights. Today this famous scene is at the centre of one of France’s worst terror attacks
In shock: Three survivors of the terror attack cling to one another as they try to come to terms with what happened and pass the body of someone whose life was taken
Heartbroken: Two men stand next to bodies, with one on a mobile phone, as many families lost loved-ones in the terror attack last night
Grief: A woman sobs into her hands while another man holds on to the body of someone killed by the ISIS terrorist
Awful: Friends of a man lying badly injured on the pavement try to treat him as he lies stricken on the floor with no shoes
Tragedy: A family of holidaymakers look at a woman in yellow as she sits next to the body of a loved-one killed in the terror attack
Support: People refuse to leave the side of the dead and injured while others walk dazed along the promenade after surviving the attrocity
Rush: Victims have been rushed to hospital for life-saving treatment but dozens remain critically ill and more are expected to succumb to their injuries
Emergency: Paramedics and doctors try to save a life of an injured victim – surrounded by bodies of those killed yesterday
On guard: France remains in a state of national emergency after a string of awful terror attacks on French soil in the past year
At least 70 people were killed in the southern French town of Nice when a truck ran into a crowd and targeted people on the pavement
At least 70 people have been killed during a horrific Bastille Day attack in Nice, southern France
The driver mounted the pavement at 40mph and steered directly at large groups of people watching the fireworks
The lorry drove for more than a mile targeting people who were attending the Bastille Day celebrations in Nice
Bereft: A man is bent double in grief by the body of a victim lying covered on Nice’s world famous promenade
Kevin Harris watched the attack unfold from his balcony.
He told the BBC: ‘I saw what appeared to be bodies in the lying in the road.
‘I spoke to my neighbour, who said the lorry had ploughed through the people. It’s a terrible scene.’
Celia Delcourt, 20, from Nice, was enjoying the Bastille Day celebrations with friends when the attack happened.
‘When the fireworks ended, we went on to the Promenade des Anglais and we started walking and we heard gunshots and we started running from on the other side,’ she told ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme.
‘It was dark. We didn’t know what was happening. We thought it was fireworks from another place. We just started running because everybody was running, without knowing what was happening.
‘We never thought it will happen in our city, it’s crazy. It feels like it’s a part of our day since it happened in Paris but we never thought it would happen here.’
Ms Delcourt added: ‘Everybody is shocked we have never been in a situation like this so it is unbelievable. It’s shocking.’
British holidaymaker Esther Serwah, 59, was staying in a hotel a short walk from the scene.
She said she had been on her way to the Promenade des Anglais for dinner with her daughters when people started screaming at her.
Mrs Serwah, from Surrey, said: ‘I was just walking to the Promenade and then I saw everybody running and I just didn’t know what was going on.
‘People were screaming at me in French but I didn’t understand.
‘Some people were lying on the streets dead and people were running over the bodies.
‘Everybody was saying it’s a terrorist attack. It’s just horrible, horrible, horrible.
‘I’m in shock. I’m still shaking.’
British eyewitness Kevin Harris was on the third-floor terrace of his hotel, where people had gathered to watch the fireworks, and saw the remnants of the horror moments before.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: ‘I came up to my bedroom on the seventh floor I was in my room for about a minute when I heard gunfire. I went out on to the balcony and, very sadly, I could see many bodes laying out on the road.
‘There were many bodies, maybe twenty, and the strange thing was that nobody was moving. Nobody was trying to resuscitate anyone, which suggests everyone was hit so badly hit that there was no point.
‘There were very few people around when I was looking down and eventually people started to arrive and they got towels from the beach club nextdoor and started to cover the bodies.
‘There was a second body by the side of the truck and I assumed that was probably the perpetrator because the body wasn’t covered and there were lots of police around it.’
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
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
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
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
Forensic officers tried to establish what exactly happened last night in an effort to determine whether the killer had any outside help
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.’