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80 killed in France terror attack

Gunmen exchanged shots with policemen before moving into the crowd of revellers, say reports

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Publish Date: Jul 15 2016 9:23AM | Updated Date: Jul 15 2016 3:32PM

80 killed in France terror attack

Photo credit: News.com.au

 

Nearly 80 people were killed when a large truck mowed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. 

 
French President Francois Hollande has said the truck attack was of a 'terrorist character'.
 
Driver shot into the crowd and then drove for 2 km along the pavement in Nice, mowing down people who had gathered to watch fireworks, regional President Christian Estrosi told BFM-TV.
 
Reports said that gunmen exchanged shots with policemen before moving into the crowd of revellers.
 
Over 150 people were also injured in the mayhem.
 
French President Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls were in the inter-ministerial crisis cell after the attack.
 
US president Barack Obama said in a statement that "we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice".
 
"We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack," he said further.