Photos From The Bastille Day Attack In Nice Show A Celebration Turned Tragedy
Update: According to the latest reports, at least 84 people were killed in the attack in Nice, France, and over 180 are injured. Of the wounded, François Hollande, the president of France, said on Friday there are 50 victims “in between life and death." After an emergency meeting of French security and defense officials, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said: "Terrorism is a threat that weighs heavily upon France and will continue to weigh for a long time. We are facing a war that terrorism has brought to us." Among the victims, who were celebrating the French holiday of Bastille Day, were a number of tourists, including two Americans, Sean Copelend and his 11-year-old son, Brodie. To help victims of the Bastille Day attack, you can contribute to verified fundraisers or donate blood.
Earlier: In another tragic event in France, a truck crashed into Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, with initial reports estimating at least 30 people dead and 100 injured, according to Reuters. Photos from the Bastille Day attack show a gruesome scene, with injured bodies strewn across the street and debris everywhere. Onlookers said that the driver plowed into a crowd of people who were toasting the French holiday in the seaside town, driving very fast along the Promenade des Anglais before striking the victims. He was then shot dead, reports say. The region's mayor, Christian Estrosi, said that the vehicle was filled with grenades and other weapons.
One witness told NBC news via Twitter, "White truck literally racing through crowds of all ages. People either caught in path or forced to jump onto rocks over beach barrier. Some dead. Horrific." A Nice native named Wassim Bouhlel told the Associated Press that there was "carnage everywhere."
Mere hours before the attack, French President Francois Hollande had said that he would not be extending the official state of emergency that had been put in place after the November terrorist attacks in Paris and was set to expire on July 26, saying that "it would make no sense" to extend the state of emergency indefinitely.
Videos posted on Twitter shows people fleeing as the truck approaches, and panicked people.
Images from the scene show policemen, emergency vehicles, and the truck in question riddled with bullet holes.
Others show more police heading to the scene.
Twitter users posted wrenching photos of covered bodies and injured people.
Lots of armed police are swarming the area.
Survivors appear dazed and devastated.
It is indeed another sad day for France.
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