Sky News is reporting that at least 30 people have died during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France after a truck ran into a large crowd. Police have announced they are treating the incident as “an attack.”
Update 7:22PM EDT
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Update: 7:11PM EDT: Journalist Damien German has posted his account of being on the ground in Nice during the attack on the forum Medium in French. He recounts in part:
In the distance a noise. Shouts. My first thought: a delinquent wanted to fire his own little fireworks and has not mastered how to do it… But no. A split second later, a huge white truck was traveling at breakneck speed over people…
This truck of death passed a few meters from me and I did not realize it. I saw bodies flying like bowling pins in its path. Heard noises, screams that I will never forget. I was paralyzed. I did not move. I followed this hearse with me eyes. Around me, there was panic. People were running, screaming, crying. Then I realized. And I ran with them…
Blood. Groans. Sunbathers [on the beach near the promenade] were first at the scene. They brought water to the wounded and towels they filed where there was no hope. At this time, I lacked courage. I wanted to help, to be of service… in short to do something. But I did not succeed.
Update: 7:02PM EDT: Le Monde reports that the Interior Ministry cannot confirm rumors that grenades or explosives were found in the truck, which are circulating in French social media.
Update: 6:56PM EDT: According to the outlet Le Figaro, the current death toll stands at 73:
Update: 6:35PM EDT: Witnesses are now confirming that they saw police shoot the driver dead after he ran out of the truck. The Daily Mail is reporting that there were multiple gunmen, and that some eyewitnesses say that hostages were dragged into various locations near the celebrations. The newspaper is citing the Meridien Hotel, the Hotel Negresco and the Buffalo Grill restaurant as hostage locales, though officials have not confirmed this.
Update: 6:22PM EDT: Nice’s prosecutor’s office has raised the death toll to 60,according to reports.
Update: 6:17PM EDT: France24 is reporting that the driver of the truck is dead, though it has not been specified whether he was killed by police or killed himself in the attack. Eyewitnesses say the driver ran out of the truck after plowing through the crowd and began shooting. “”Everyone was calling run, run, run there’s an attack run, run, run. We heard some shots. We thought they were fireworks because it’s the 14th of July,” an eyewitness told France’s BFM TV, according to a BBC translation.
A reporter on the ground says at least one shooter is still on the loose:
The Telegraphadds that several eyewitnesses have confirmed that they also heard gunshots coming from the truck, confirming the nature of the incident. Various Twitter users have contributed photos of the truck allegedly involved in the incident. In an emergency press conference, Nice Mayor Philippe Pradal has confirmed that “tens” are dead, though he could not provide a more specific number at the moment.