Bastille Day Attack - Nice, France

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....multiple fatalities being reported at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France...

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(The Guardian) A truck has crashed into a crowd gathered for France’s Bastille Day fireworks on the seafront of the southern city of Nice, French media have reported.

The local police prefect of Alpes-Maritimes warned of an attack and asked Nice residents to stay indoors, France Info radio reported.

“People are running, it’s panic,” a local newspaper journalist from Nice-Matin was reported saying. “There is blood, no doubt injuries.”

There are reported to have been at least several deaths.

Security forces and ambulances raced to the scene, and authorities from the local Alpes-Maritimes prefecture urged residents to stay indoors.

A reporter for the French news agency AFP described seeing a white van driving at high speed onto the famed Promenade des Anglais as people were leaving after the annual Bastille Day celebration display.

“We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around,” he said, adding that the incident took place near the city’s famed Hotel Negresco.

Terrified pedestrians screamed as they fled the area. “It was absolute chaos,” he said.

A huge security cordon was established closing off the central Place Massena by 2330 GMT, another AFP added.

President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Christian Estrosi, tweeted that a “truck-driver appeared to have killed dozens of people”. He told Nice residents: “Stay at home”.
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....Sky News & CNN reporting around 30 fatalities in this attack; reports are also that the perpetrators and police exchanged gunfire in the immediate aftermath...
 

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(Sky News) Photos of the truck emerging...

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(Sky News) An AFP reporter described seeing a white van driving at high speed onto the famed Promenade des Anglais as people were leaving after the annual Bastille Day celebration display.

"We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around," he said.
 

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(Sky News) Le Parisien saying gunshots have been exchanged between police and the driver. They're showing an image of bodies strewn across the street.

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(Sky News) "People are running. It's panic. The lorry mounted the Prom, he drove over everyone," a journalist on the scene for local newspaper Nice Martin reported.

"Everyone is bleeding - there are loads of people injured, without doubt."
 

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....multiple outlets reporting that the driver of the terror truck is dead; reports are also coming forward that there was at least one accomplice who is now on the loose...
 

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(The Guardian) There have been numerous reports that shots were fired during the incident, though it must be pointed out that they have not been confirmed by officials.

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(The Guardian) An eyewitness is telling BFM TV that he heard shots fired but that he could see nothing of the driver of the truck.
 

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(Sky News) Wassim Bouhlel, a Nice native who spoke to the AP near Nice's Promenade du Paillon, 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."
 

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(The Guardian) Nice-Matin quoted its own reporter at the scene as saying there were many injured people and blood on the street. It published the photograph below of the damaged, long-distance delivery truck, which it said was “riddled with bullets” and images of emergency services treating the injured.

Damien Allemand, the paper’s correspondent, was quoted as saying: “People are running. It’s panic. He rode up onto the Prom and piled into the crowd ... There are people covered in blood. There must be many injured.”
 

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....AP reporting the following: NICE - Eyewitness report of truck slamming into crowd of revelers, following by gunfire. Multiple dead. (via MSNBC)
 

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(The Guardian) British security and government officials are monitoring the situation in Nice, as the seriousness of the incident escalated.

The initial details suggest a tactic that jihadist propaganda has suggested for several years, with a vehicle ploughing into a crowd. For instance, Inspire magazine - affiliated with al Qaida - urged the tactic several years ago.

There are two immediate direct consequences for the UK if the attack is confirmed as terrorist. First, is the decision by terrorists to use the tactic. Second, past attacks overseas have led to increase in hate incidents in the UK directed at muslims in Britain.
 

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...news reports continuing to come in from Nice.... (Sky News)
--Ambulances arriving at area hospitals full of victims; terror truck said to have driven 2-3 miles through crowds
--Witnesses reporting multiple fatalities throughout the Nice promenade
 

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(The Guardian) The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has tweeted: “On behalf of all Parisians, all of our fraternal support [goes] to the people of Nice. Our cities are united.”
 

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...Sky News just reporting that there may be as many as 60 dead in the terror attack this evening in Nice; waiting for confirmation from other news sources....
 
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This is just awful, so many innocent people being killed and for what? I am also seeing reported as many as 60 could be dead now :(
 

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....Sky News also reporting that as many as four - repeat, four - large trucks were used in the attack; however, this, as with the number of dead, has not been confirmed....
 

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This is just awful, so many innocent people being killed and for what? I am also seeing reported as many as 60 could be dead now :(
Just saw that over the Sky News live feed; no confirmation from other news sources but it wouldn't surprise me, given the confusing mish-mash of reports coming in over the wires...
 

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(The Guardian) An eyewitness has told the Associated Press that he saw the truck driver emerge from the vehicle with a gun and start shooting after ploughing into the crowd.

Wassim Bouhlel, a Nice native who spoke to the agency near the city’s Promenade du Paillon, said: “There was carnage on the road. Bodies everywhere.”
 

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(Sky News) Sylvie Toffin, a press officer with the local prefecture, said the truck "hit several people on a long trip" down the sidewalk near Nice's Palais de la Méditerranee, a building which fronts the beach.
 
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