Update: Death toll in France rises to 84, state of emergency declared
NICE, FRANCE (KUSI) — 7/14/2016 11:30 p.m. — The death toll in France has risen to a total of 84 people, according to CNN.
Several children are among the dead and CNN reports that at least 18 people are in critical condition.
10:00 p.m. — President Hollande declared a state of emergency during a press conference Thursday afternoon.
"We cannot deny that it was a terror attack," Hollande said in a national television address.
CNN reports that no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but anti-terror prosecutors are investigation the case.
The ID of a 31-year-old French-Tunisian man was found inside the cab of the truck. According to CNN, law enforcement officials are working to determine if the ID belongs to the man driving the vehicle, who reportedly was a Nice resident.
Hollande asked that the state of emergency declared last November during the Paris bombings, which was expected to expire later this month, be extended for an additional three months.
Hollande was also asking for blood donations for patients being treated at local hospitals.
We are deeply saddened by the recent attack in #NiceFrance. Our condolences to the many tragically affected by this senseless violence.
— American Red Cross (@RedCross) July 15, 2016
"France is afflicted, but she is strong, and she will always be stronger than the fanatics who want to strike her today," he said.
Leaders around the world have shared their sorrow and support for the people of France.
U.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement saying, "We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: "Canadians are shocked by tonight’s attack in Nice. Our sympathy is with the victims, and our solidarity with the French people." Brazilian President Michel Temer tweeted: "It is regrettable that on the day [that] eternalized fraternity as the motto of the French people, an attack destroyed the lives of so many citizens."
6:16 p.m. — Regional President Christian Estrosi reported on Twitter that the death toll in Nice has risen to a total 77 people.
Family members of those who were in Nice at the time of the attack are posting on the Twitter account, "Nice Find People," asking for information on their loved ones.
Google Translation: "retweet MAXIMUM PLEASE MUST BE FOUND THAT SUCH PERSONS"
— NICE FIND PEOPLE (@NICEFINDPEOPLE) July 15, 2016
Those killed in the attacks have not yet been identified.
A witness to the attacks told CNN that when the attack began, the fireworks display had just ended and crowds were flooding the streets.
" … I heard a lot of loud noises and people were screaming and so to the west, a big moving truck was driving on the promenade, just barreling over people and hitting — running people over," said American Dominique Molina. She estimated the truck moved at 20-25 mph.
According to The Guardian, the French Muslim Council has condemned the attack.
They released a statement, which stated, "France has been hit yet another time by a terrorist attack of the utmost severity”, adding that this “odious terrorist act took aim at our country on the very day of its national holiday (Bastille Day), a day which celebrates liberty, equality and fraternity”.
5:03 p.m. — Police found firearms, explosives and grenades in the truck, according to CNN.
The attack began after the solo occupant of the truck shot into the crowd and then continued to drive for just over a mile along the pavement of the Boulevard des Anglais, running down people in its path.
4:26 p.m. — Seventy-three people are reported dead following the attacks in France.
According to CNN, the driver of the box truck that plowed through crowds was shot to death by law enforcement.
An investigation is under way to determine if the driver acted alone. It was not immediately clear if the killings were part of a terror attack.
— Pastor Mark Burns (@pastormarkburns) July 14, 2016
CNN also reports that French President Francois Hollande is returning to Paris from Avignon for emergency talks at the Interior Ministry after the mass casualty incident
National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price reported that President Obama was briefed on the incident.
3:30 p.m. — An estimated 30 people were killed and more injured Thursday after a truck plowed through a crowd of people in Nice, France while celebrating Bastille Day.
According to CNN, Christian Estrosi — head of the regional council of Provence-Aples-Cote d’Azur — said, "Dear Nice residents, the driver of a truck appears to have caused tens of deaths. Stay for the moment in your homes. More info to come."
— HARP DETECTIVES (@harp_detectives) July 14, 2016
BFM-TV, a CNN affiliate, reported that police and the occupants of the truck exchanged gunfire at some point during the incident.
According to New York Daily News, the truck appeared to zig-zag through the crowd, running down people trying to get out of the way.
Bastille Day — July 14 — celebrates the anniversary of the storming of a grand fortress that was infamous for holding political prisoners, according to Time.
This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.
— tinychat (@tinychat) July 14, 2016