Driver ploughed through crowds celebrating French national holiday, killing at least 84 people and injuring dozens in 2km rampage
A lorry ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French city of Nice on Thursday night, killing at least 84 people and injuring dozens more.
Eric Ciotti, a local Republican party assembly member, said 15 people were in a "critical state" after the truck drove through the crowd over a distance of 2km.
Identity papers belonging to a 31-year-old French-Tunisian were found inside the lorry, a police source said early Friday.
"The identification of the truck driver is still under way," said the source. The identity papers indicate the man is a resident of Nice.
The Nice prosecutor’s office said that more than 100 people were injured after the van drove through the crowd. A local official told French television it was a "major criminal attack".
The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said the lorry was loaded with arms and grenades, according to the Associated Press news agency.
He added that the attack began when the lorry driver began shooting before driving 2km through the crowd.
An Iranian journalist, Maryam Violet, visiting Nice for holiday, told the Guardian that she witnessed the attack and added that many of the dead are Muslims.
“There were so many Muslim people who were victims because I could see they had scarves over their head and some were speaking Arabic. One family lost a mother and in Arabic they were saying she’s a martyr,” she said.
“People were celebrating and it was so peaceful, it was a festivity vibe, it was right after the fireworks that the truck came and ran over people.”