This is the horrifying moment a lorry mows through a crowd of terrified pedestrians watching fireworks on Bastille Day in a terrorist attack that has killed at least 77 people. The footage shows the huge truck hurtling through scores of pedestrians on Nice’s Promenade du Paillon. In one astonishing angle a motorcyclist is seen desperately trying to stop the lorry, jumping off his bike as police officers fire at the terrorist inside.

Scores of Bastille Day revellers were mown down by a truck after gathering to watch a fireworks display in the French city of Nice. Pro-ISIS groups have begun celebrating the attack with images.

An eyewitness said he saw the lorry driver slam the vehicle into a crowd of Bastille Day revellers in the French resort city of Nice and then emerge shooting, killing even more bystanders.

Videos from the capital showed plumes of thick black smoke rising from the base of the world famous landmark at the same time as the horror attack in Nice was unfolding.



French authorities confirmed that last night’s massacre was a terrorist atrocity. 

At least 77 people have been killed after a truck slammed into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice.

Here is what we know about what US President Barack Obama has said ‘appears to be a horrific terrorist attack’.

Several children are among the dead while a further 20 people are gravely injured.  

How did the attack unfold?

The large white truck plunged into the crowd at around 11:00pm (2100 GMT) Thursday night as hundreds of people were on Nice’s beachfront Promenade des Anglais to watch the fireworks for France’s national day.

Local deputy mayor Christian Estrosi said at least 77 people were killed after the truck ploughed two kilometres (1.3 miles) through the crowd.

Interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet denied reports that people had been taken hostage.

The attacker has been shot dead, the government said. He is yet to be identified.

Was this a jihadist attack?

The attack has not been claimed by any group, but prosecutors say the probe will be handled by anti-terrorism investigators.

‘Investigations are currently underway to establish if the individual acted alone or if he had accomplices who might have fled,’ Brandet said.

The attack comes with France under a state of emergency following the Islamic State attacks in Paris in November that left 130 people dead.

Has anything like this happened in France before?

In December 2014, two men ploughed their cars into pedestrians in two days – separate incidents that left France reeling.

The first driver shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is greatest) as he drove into people in the eastern city of Dijon, injuring 13.

The 40-year-old driver had a long history of mental illness, and no ties to jihadist groups, the government said.

A day later, a man rammed a white van into a Christmas market in the western city of Nantes, killing one person and injuring nine others. He then stabbed himself several times.

Prosecutors said a notebook was found in his vehicle in which he spoke of his ‘hatred for society’ and said he feared ‘being killed by secret agents’.

The man committed suicide in his prison cell in 2016 while awaiting trial.

What do we know about the suspect? 

French police have confirmed they have found identity documents in the truck belonging to a French Tunisian man. 

The identity documents belong to a 31-year-old man. 

However, they have not yet identified the dead man who was shot dead by police at the scene. 

Officers fired at least 40 rounds into the truck.



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