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Dozens dead after attacker drives into Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France with truck

Horror has come to another city:

A truck ploughed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice Thursday, leaving at least 60 dead and scores injured in an “attack” after a Bastille Day fireworks display, prosecutors said.

Local government official Sebastien Humbert told BFMTV that the driver of the truck was shot dead after barrelling down the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais in what he called “a major criminal attack”.

We extend our sympathies to all affected by this terrible event.

France24 is offering live coverage.

“On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded,” said President Barack Obama in a statement released a little bit ago.

“I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack. On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.”