At least 77 people were killed Thursday night when a large truck plowed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, President Francois Hollande said.
The driver shot into the crowd and then drove for two kilometers along the pavement of the Boulevard des Anglais, the main street in Nice, mowing down people who had gathered to watch fireworks, regional President Christian Estrosi told CNN affiliate BFM-TV.
Police shot and killed the driver, said Pierre-Henry Brandet, a spokesman for the French Interior Ministry. Police found firearms, explosives and grenades in the truck, Estrosi said.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility. Anti-terror prosecutors have taken over the investigation, according to BFMTV, citing the prosecutor’s office.
An American witness at the scene in Nice, France, said the driver of the truck was mowing bodies over, that he appeared to accelerate as he hit those bodies. The witness said he saw only the driver. He heard gunfire as he ran away, but did not know its source. It seemed like an accident at first, but it became apparent very quickly that it was deliberate, the witness told CNN.
Facebook has activated the Safety Check feature for people in and around the area of the attack.
Christian Estrosi, the president of the region, said the truck was later found to be packed with arms and grenades, according to the Associated Press.
Estrosi tweeted that a crisis response team has been formed to deal with the situation as it develops:
President Obama released the following statement in regards to the attack:
Indiana Governor Mike Pence also released a statement about the attacks.
People uploaded videos from the scene on Twitter.
This is a developing story. We’ll update you with the latest information as it becomes available.