NICE TERROR ATTACK LATEST: At least 78 dead as lorry driven into Bastille Day crowd
AT LEAST 78 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in the southern French city of Nice tonight after a terrorist firing a weapon drove a lorry into a crowd out celebrating Bastille Day
French officials have confirmed that they are investigasting a terrorist attack and there are reports that there are gunmen on the loose in the city. French TV channel iTele tonight reported that a gunman believed to be one of two terrorists had "holed up in a nice restaurant downtown" but was then "neutralized" by police.
The channel said it is not believed the man had taken any hostages during the incident. The man is believed to have been in the lorry with the driver and fled on foot to a restaurant called Le Buffalo nearby, where he was killed by an officer with a handgun.
A top politician of the Alpes-Maritime department, Eric Ciotti, said that police killed the driver "apparently after an exchange of gunfire”.
French newspaper Le Figaro quoted police sources saying that officers found weapons, guns and grenades inside the lorry cab, indicating it was a premeditated terrorist attack. Police are now actively seeking out any accomplices involved in planning the atrocity and specialist anti-terror detectives from Paris have taken over the investigation from local officers.
Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group have been celebrating it on social media.
And the Paris prosecutor's office tonight confirmed it has opened an investigation into charges of "murder and attempted murder in an organised group linked to a terrorist enterprise".