France terror attack: Toll rises to 84

France Attack

It was a horrific day for France as at least 84 people were killed and 18 others were seriously injured on Thursday when a terrorist drove a large truck loaded with guns and hand grenades into a crowd that had gathered for a Bastille Day fireworks display in the southern French city of Nice.

France attack

Eyewitnesses reported a White colour truck with a 31-year-old assailant ramming through crowds on the beachfront of the picturesque French city which was filled with tourists to watch the fireworks for the Bastille day celebrations.

The ISIS is suspected to be behind the attacks as several social media accounts of the organisation reported celebratory messages. The world has condemned the horrific attack. The attacker is believed to be of Tunisian origin.

French President Francois Hollande, who was in the southeastern commune of Avignon, has returned to Paris, where he has joined a crisis meetings at the Interior Ministry.

Meanwhile, Indian Embassy in France (Paris) issued helpline number: 0033140507070.

Eyewitness account: 

Nurses had told some of those waiting that the medical team didn’t have time to take records of the identities of the wounded because the priority was treatment.

Patients were being classified by numbers.

At the scene of the attack on the Promenade des Anglais, bodies lay covered in white sheets and witnesses could barely believe what they had seen.

“I saw bodies flying like skittles as it drove along,” said local journalist Damien Allemand on the Nice-Matin newspaper’s web site. “I just froze … The beach attendants were the first on the scene. They brought water for the wounded and towels that they placed over those for whom there was no hope.”

Back in the hospital, Marco de Feo, 29 from Milan, said he and his four friends had only learned of the celebration from their hosts, a Romanian couple living in Nice, and decided to go along at the last minute.

“I saw a truck turning into the road and driving fast in our direction,” he said.

“Luckily I saw it in time to avoid it, but our friend got hit and fell on the ground. We fled to the beach and then found shelter in a hotel. One of our friends went back on the scene to carry our injured friend who couldn’t move nor speak but was still breathing. She was then taken to hospital in an ambulance.”

The driver of the truck was shot dead by police, but some witnesses said they thought he was firing a gun as he drove.

I saw this enormous white truck go past at top speed,” said Suzy Wargniez, a local woman aged 65 who saw the scene unfold from a cafe on the promenade.

“It was shooting, shooting.”


France attack


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