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Dozens killed in Bastille Day attack
By Bob Fredericks
July 14, 2016 | 5:45pm | Updated

Photo: Christopher Williams

A tractor trailer plowed into a large crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on Bastille Day Thursday, killing at least 60 and injuring more than 100 in what authorities are investigating as yet another possible terror attack on French soil.

The carnage sent the crowd that had gathered for the national holiday festivities into a panic, with people streaming from the scene into the streets as gunfire broke out.

Police and ambulances went to the scene and authorities from the local Alpes-Maritimes prefecture urged residents to stay indoors.

An AFP reporter described seeing a white truck driving at high speed onto the famed Promenade des Anglais as people were leaving after the annual Bastille Day fireworks.

“We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around,” he said.

Witnesses said the truck rammed the crowd where it was most concentrated at more than 30 mph, and photos shown on television showed the cab riddled with bullets. Other reports said the driver was pulled from the truck and beaten.

A witness reported horrific scenes with “dead bodies everywhere” and distressing video footage emerged of people fleeing the promenade.

One eyewitness raised fears that the incident “had to be planned.”

“I’m in Nice and cannot describe the situation – scary awful. Dead bodies everywhere people killed in front of my eyes. Had to be planned,” the witness said, according to the UK Express.

A group of students described the horror.

“The fireworks ended, and we went back. I saw behind the wheel, the driver was deciding which way it was heading. The truck rolled on to the pavement,” one said.

“It happened two meters from us. I saw people lying on the ground, I saw a small child hit the earth.”

A reporter for the Nice Matin newspaper who was covering the celebrations added, “There are people in blood, probably full of wounded.”
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