ISIS Truck Terrorist Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel Uses His Vehicle to Kill 84 People Including 10 Children at Bastille Day Firework Show in Nice, France
July 14, 2016, Updated July 15, 2016
Bodies of men, women and children strewn across road after lorry speeds for a MILE through holiday crowd watching fireworks, before gunman opens fire.
- Death toll currently stands at 84, 202 injured, 52 in critical condition, and 25 on life support machines in a Bastille Day terror attack in Nice on the French Riviera.
- ID card belonging to Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a French Tunisian man, 31, from Nice, found next to his body.
- His cousin said Bouhlel, a father of three, told MailOnline he flouted every rule of Islam, beat his wife and took drugs.
- At least 10 babies and children were killed, some in buggies, with least 54 children also being treated in hospital.
- Eyewitnesses said driver zig-zagged at 40mph to hit crowds of people who were sent flying or jammed under wheels.
- President Francois Hollande says 'many foreigners are dead' and more than 50 injured are 'between life and death' .
- Terrorist then opened fire with a gun from cab of the lorry before being killed by a police marksman in shootout.
At least 84 people have been killed and more than 50 injured after a 25-tonne lorry mowed down crowds for more than a mile before the driver got out and sprayed fleeing revellers with bullets as terror struck Bastille Day celebrations on the French Riviera.
Identity documents belonging to a 31-year-old French Tunisian were later found in the bullet-riddled truck after the gunman at the wheel was shot dead by police marksmen, security sources said.
The killer, named locally as French Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a married father of three, mounted pavements at high speed and ploughed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice last night.
One eyewitness filmed armed officers approaching the cab of the lorry and firing repeatedly through its windscreen and doors before it appears Bouhlel can be heard screaming after being hit by a police bullet.
The shootout came after his 30 minute rampage where he aimed at crowds watching firework and sent 'bodies flying like bowling pins' and left others 'jammed' under the lorry's wheels at around 10.30pm local time last night.
Witness Nadar El Shafei told the BBC: 'He died inside the vehicle - I saw his head [hanging] out of the window , they kept shooting him from all sides just to be sure. Then they asked us to run away in case there were others inside the car or a bomb.'
Heartbroken men and women refused to leave the bodies of their loved ones and the dead remain strewn across the famous Promenade des Anglais today. Hundreds have now laid flowers in their memory as President Hollande said 'many foreigners have died' and at least 50 more people are 'between life and death'.
At least ten of the victims were children, with young girls and boys lying dead covered in a blankets with their dolls and buggies still next to them. Footage taken at the time of the attack shows bodies piled up in the roads and people running from their lives as they tried to avoid the zig-zagging lorry while paramedics treated the injured and dying in the street.
The truck driver, who was known to police, was said to have shouted 'Allahu Akbar' – God is great in Arabic – before being killed in a clear suicide mission. Pro-ISIS groups have been celebrating the attack, orchestrated to coincide with France's most important national holiday.
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