Europe under terrorist attacks: BBC: France lorry attack: Dozens killed during Bastille Day in Nice

09:33 Jul. 15, 2016

BBC: France lorry attack: Dozens killed during Bastille Day in Nice

The truck which slammed into revelers late Thursday, July 14, is seen near the site of an attack in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo)

A lorry has struck a crowd after Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice, killing at least 84 people, including children, and injuring dozens, officials say, 

At least 84 people have died, including children, after a lorry slammed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice, BBC reports.

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The attack took place on the famous Promenade des Anglais after a firework display. The driver ploughed on for 2km on the Promenade des Anglais at about 23:00 local time, before being shot dead by police.

"France is badly hit," French President Francois Hollande said, adding the attack was of "an undeniable terrorist nature". 

French media have reportedly identified the driver of the truck as a 31-year-old local citizen of Tunisian origin.

"All of France is under the threat of Islamic terrorism," Hollande claimed, adding that several children were among the dead.

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About 50 people were injured, 18 of them critically, in the incident on Thursday, which was Bastille Day - France's national day.

On Friday, flags in France will be flying at half-mast, and Nice's jazz festival has been cancelled.

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