According to French officials, at least 80 people are dead and 18 are in critical condition in Nice, France, after a driver plowed a truck through a crowd during a Bastille Day parade, the BBC reports. French President Francois Hollande said the attack was of a “terrorist nature.”
Photo shows bullet holes in the windshield of the truck that plowed into a crowd in Nice, France. Dozens are dead pic.twitter.com/W1vDCxwbu9— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) July 14, 2016
Shortly after the deaths in Nice were reported, witnesses observed clouds of black smoke near the Eiffel Tower. However, early reports attribute the smoke to a fireworks malfunction and there is not any evidence to suggest the the two incidents are connected.
UPDATE 8:20 P.M.: Speaking to BLM-TV, regional council president Christian Estrosi said that the attacker fired shots into the crowd and police later found the truck to be “loaded with weapons,” including firearms and grenades.
UPDATE 10:15 P.M.: In a public address, French President Francois Hollande said that at least 77 people are dead, including children, and characterized the attack as of a “terrorist nature.” He announced that a current state of emergency scheduled to end in two weeks will be extended by three months.
“All of France is under the threat of Islamic terrorism,” said Hollande.
This post will be updated as more information becomes available.