Truck Terrorist Goes On Deadly Rampage In Nice As France Celebrates Bastille Day

A deadly terrorist attack occurred on Thursday evening in Nice, France when a large truck driving at high speeds drove through crowds lining the Promenade des Anglais, the main street in Nice, killing at least 84, including scores of children, and seriously injuring 18 as Bastille Day was winding to a close, marking the second deadly terrorist attack in France in only eight months.

Large groups of people were strolling along the Promenade des Anglais following an evening firework show when the 31 year old  driver from Nice who was born in Tunisia began driving fast and swerving into crowds for 2 km (1.243 miles) before he was finally shot and killed by police.

The man was not on a French terrorism watchlist but was reportedly known to police for crimes related to theft and violence, according to Reuters.

The motive for the deadly attacks in Nice is unclear at this time.

“Once again horror has struck France” said French Prime Minister Francois Hollande in a televised speech.

Hollande admitted the Bastille day attack in Nice “had all the elements” to be called a terrorist attack and pledged that terrorism must be fought.

“It is clear that we have to do everything in our power to fight this terrorist plague” Hollande said.

Over 200 people in France have died from terrorist attacks since January 7, 2015 when a coordinates terrorist attack inside a building housing Charlie Hebdo staff was targeted in Paris along with a shooting in a kosher supermarket that left 17 dead.

On November 13, 2015 a series of terrorist attacks occurred in Paris, resulting in 130 victims losing their lives. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Turkey’s Recent Terrorist Attack

On Tuesday June 28th a series of deadly explosions and shootings occurred at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, killing at least 41 and one of the three armed gunmen detonated a suicide bomb.

Turkey’s government blamed Islamic State for the terrorist attack.

U.S. Presidential Candidates React To Nice France Terror Attack

In the U.S. both presidential candidates offered their support to France via Twitter.

Trump tweeted that because of the attack in Nice, he is postponing the announcement of his vice president pick .

Trump also offered his prayers and condolences to the victims in France and questioned in another tweet, “when will we learn? It is only getting worse.”

 

 

Hilary Clinton tweeted that “Every American stands in strong solidarity with the people of France” and offered a statement on the terror attacks.

Popular musician Rihanna canceled a scheduled concert that was scheduled in Nice.

Written By: Johnathan Schweitzer

“My thoughts and prayers to all the terrorist victims and people in France. Stay strong for freedom.”

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