Nice Attack, France, Claimed by ISIS; At least 84 People Killed

Lorry Driver Shot Dead and French Authorities Arrest 5 People Linked

تم نشره في Sat 16 July / Jul 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Tributes Paid in France for the Victims of the Nice Attack - (AFP)

NICE/PARIS — At least 84 people have been killed, including more than 10 children, after a lorry was driven through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice. Witnesses say the lorry swerved in an apparent attempt to hit more people.

The attack began shortly after the end of a firework display on the seafront for Bastille Day, the country's national holiday, as the driver ploughed through the crowds on the Promenade des Anglais at about 23:00 local time, Thursday, before being shot dead by police, says the BBC.

The Lorry Used in the Nice Attack

According news agency linked to the group, so-called Islamic State, claimed one of its followers carried out the attack. Amaq Agency, said: "He did the attack in response to calls to target the citizens of the coalition that is fighting the Islamic State."

Bouhlel was reportedly not on a terrorist watch list and investigators are seeking to establish his motives - and are also looking for possible accomplices.

Linked to the attack, three arrests were made on Saturday and two on Friday, including the man's estranged wife, Le Monde reported.

On the other hand, Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel - described as a "weird loner" who "became depressed" when his wife left him - was a French passport holder who lived in the Riviera city and was regularly in trouble with the law, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen has called for national service to be brought back, and a national guard to be created to protect France in the wake of Nice attacks.