At least 60 people were reported killed after a truck ploughed into a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice, late Thursday evening. More than 100 other people were injured in the attack launched by terrorists. The death toll is sure to rise.
The driver is reported to have picked up speed to slam the lorry into revellers celebrating Bastille Day along the city’s famous Promenade des Anglais. There are unconfirmed reports that he then emerged from the vehicle and started shooting.
Another witness said the driver sped along the promenade for at least 2-3 miles, mowing people down along the way.
Local officials are reporting that the driver has been killed.
According to local newspaper Le Parisien, a possible accomplice has fled the scene. The newspaper says shots were exchanged with police. An image appears to show the front of a white lorry riddled with bullet holes.
The incident took place as spectators gathered to watch a Bastille Day fireworks display on the city’s waterfront.
“People are running. It’s panic. The lorry mounted the prom, he drove over everyone,” a journalist on the scene for local newspaper Nice Martin reported. “Everyone is bleeding – there are loads of people injured, without doubt.”
Le Parisien has graphic images of bodies strewn across the promenade.
The Foreign Office says it is in touch with local authorities in Nice and has advised anyone in the area to follow the instructions of French authorities.
–Additional reporting by News.sky.com