July 15, 2016 (LBO) – A truck plowed into pedestrians during Bastille Day celebrations in the popular French seaside city of Nice on Thursday, leaving at least 77 people dead in what the nation’s president called “obviously a terrorist attack.”
The deadly toll, which included several children, came after the truck slammed into revelers gathered on a promenade to watch fireworks, NBC News reported.
The driver of the truck was fatally shot by police, Hollande said. It is unknown if anyone else was involved, he said.
The truck struck the crowd at around 10:40 p.m. local time (4:40 p.m. ET) shortly after a fireworks display.
Christian Estrosi, president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region that includes Nice, told French media that the driver also shot at people. A senior U.S. military official told NBC News that guns and explosives were found in the truck.