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Attack in Nice, France: Terrorist kills 77 with truck

 

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A  lorry has struck a crowd after Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice, killing at least 77 people and injuring dozens, officials say.
It happened on the famous Promenade des Anglais after a firework display. The driver was shot dead and guns and grenades were found inside the lorry.
President Francois Hollande said the attack was of a “terrorist nature”.
He said he was extending a state of emergency by three months.
France had been on high alert following last November’s attacks in Paris in which 130 people died and hundreds were wounded.
The state of emergency had been due to end on 26 July.
“France is badly hit,” Mr Hollande said, adding that “we need to do everything we can to fight against” such attacks.
“All of France is under the threat of Islamic terrorism.”
About 50 people were injured, 20 of them critically, in the incident on Thursday evening.
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said that “a lorry driver appears to have killed dozens of people”.
Prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre said the lorry drove 2km (1.2 miles) through a large crowd, the AFP news agency reports.
One image on Twitter showed about a dozen people lying on the street.
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