[guest post by Dana]
[Obviously, information is subject to change with time.]
Fox News is reporting that at least 75 people have been killed and 50 injured in an “apparent terror attack” in Nice, France. A truck loaded with guns and grenades was driven full speed into a large crowd of people at a Bastille Day event.
French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the truck driver had been “neutralized” and an investigation would confirm whether he had acted alone. The Paris prosecutor’s office announced that it was opening an anti-terrorism investigation into the Nice attack.
The attack happened at around 10:30 p.m. local time. A local government official told Fox News that the truck was driving full speed when it hit the crowd.
Here are a few accounts from eye-witnesses:
“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.”
Allemand said people took shelter in a nearby restaurant, where he continued to hear people shouting for missing family members. He ventured out and saw bodies, blood and body parts all along the road.
“This evening, it was horror,” Allemand concluded.
Another witness, Wassim Bouhlel, told the Associated Press that he saw the truck drive into the crowd, then witnessed the driver emerge with a gun and start shooting.
“There was carnage on the road,” Bouhlel said. “Bodies everywhere.”
Reports say that bodies were scattered along the road for over a mile.
President Obama released a statement condemning “what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians”.