mirror_uk

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was behind the wheel of the truck when it ploughed into crowds.  At least 84 people were killed in a terror attack on France as the country celebrated Bastille Day.

10 children killed and 50 children being treated at hospitals

A trucky loaded with weapons and hand grenades drove on to a pavement in Nice more than a mile before police shot dead the driver.

Horrifying footage emerged last night showing the truck ploughing into a crowd of screaming revellers.

The killer was a 31-year-old French citizen born in Tunisia named as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. He was said to be known to police but not on a terror watch list.

ba1 ba2 ba3 ba4 ba5 ba6 ba7 ba8 ba9 ba10 ba11
BODIESCnWtJMWWcAANeMt.jpg largevvvvvv

bodies6 (1) bodies6 (2)

©PHOTOPQR/NICE MATIN ; Nice le 15/07/2016 - ATTENTAT A NICE !!!!!!!!!!! Un camion a fonce sur des passants surla promenade des anglais apresle feu d artifice avec un camion, plusieurs centaines de morts..... Un camion a foncé le 14/07/2016 dans la foule sur la Promenade des Anglais à Nice pendant le feu d'artifice du 14 juillet, faisant plusieurs victimes selon la mairie et des témoins sur place, la préfecture des Alpes-Maritimes évoquant quant à elle un attentat. Selon un journaliste sur place, un van blanc a foncé sur la foule sur la Promenade des Anglais. 'Several dead' after truck crashes into crowd at Bastille Day celebrations in Nice prompting terror attack fears (Newscom TagID: maxphotos760115.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

©PHOTOPQR/NICE MATIN ; Nice le 15/07/2016 – ATTENTAT A NICE !!!!!!!!!!!
Un camion a fonce sur des passants surla promenade des anglais apresle feu d artifice avec un camion, plusieurs centaines de morts…..
Un camion a foncé le 14/07/2016 dans la foule sur la Promenade des Anglais à Nice pendant le feu d’artifice du 14 juillet, faisant plusieurs victimes selon la mairie et des témoins sur place, la préfecture des Alpes-Maritimes évoquant quant à elle un attentat. Selon un journaliste sur place, un van blanc a foncé sur la foule sur la Promenade des Anglais.
‘Several dead’ after truck crashes into crowd at Bastille Day celebrations in Nice prompting terror attack fears (Newscom TagID: maxphotos760115.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

bodies6 (4) bodies6 (5) bodies6 (6) Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhle passportba13 ba14 ba15 ba16 ba18 ba19

t1
truck

 

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES

Dramatic footage has emerged showing bystanders being led to safety with their arms raised after the horror attack.

In the footage, men and women can be seen fleeing the scene of the massacre with their hands in the air.


celebrating Bastille Day.

REUTERS Armed soldiers patrol along the beach in Nice
Armed soldiers patrol along the beach in Nice

The city of 350,000, which has a huge immigrant population, has seen dozens of its Muslim residents travel to Syria to fight – a path taken by previous Islamic State attackers in Europe.

Noting the jihadist presence in Nice and the fact that July 14 marks France’s revolution, Claude Moniquet, a former French intelligence agent and security consultant, said: “Neither the place nor the date are coincidental.”

Professor Neumann, from King’s College London, says dozens of people from Nice have joined so-called Islamic State and he describes the area as a ‘jihadist breeding ground’.

The Côte d’Azur area has previously experienced a terrifying underbelly of jihadism and radicalisation.
Getty Images forensics officers and policemen looking for evidences near a truck
Forensics officers look for evidence near a truck

In February 2014 security services foiled an ‘imminent terrorist attack’ after discovering 900g of explosives in an apartment in the area.

The suspect had recently returned from ‘jihad in Syria’.

As the country extended a state of emergency for a further three months it emerged today that Christian Estrosi, a local official from the Côte d’Azur, wrote directly to President Francois Hollande on the eve of the attack to relay the complaints of police in anti-terrorism context.

He strongly advocated a ‘great emergency plan to protect our police and give them the means to act’.
Getty Images shows a a velo bleu (Nice’s self-service bicycles) left behind on the site where a truck
A bicycle is left behind at the scene

Paul Swallow, a former senior counter-terrorism intelligence officer with Scotland Yard, said the attack was likely to be to work of Islamic State terrorists.

After previously working in Paris with the French police and intelligence services he added France was becoming a repetitive target due to national laws aimed at being neutral to religion of any kind.

The ‘Laïcité’ law caused France in 2004 to introduce legislation to ban the wearing of religious symbols in schools and in 2010 legislation banning the wearing of the Burqa and the Niqab, traditional headwear for some Muslim women. These laws may have been interpreted by some as an attack on religious expression.

A Labour MP has described how he and friends fled in fear down Nice’s Promenade des Anglais – as the truck ploughed through the helpless crowd.

Father-of-two John Woodcock, 37 – MP for Barrow and Furness – even later gave shelter overnight to a frightened Parisian family in his flat as the city lay in fear of more attacks.

Mr Woodcock had jetted over to Nice earlier this week to enjoy the famous Bastille Day celebrations on the seafront, when terror struck on Thursday night.

But he told how panic and fear had spread throughout the crowds as the suspected Islamic State-inspired attack unfolded.

This morning, he tweeted: “Tragedy in Nice is devastating. I happen to be in the city at the moment. On Promenade with celebrating crowd last night, now safe indoors.”

Here is Theresa May’s full statement on the Nice terror attack:

“I am shocked and saddened by the horrifying attack in Nice last night.  “Our hearts go out to the French people, and to all those who have lost loved ones or been injured.  “While the full picture is still emerging, it seems that at least 80 people are feared dead and many others have been injured.

“These were innocent victims enjoying a national celebration with their friends and families.We are working urgently to establish whether any British nationals were caught up in the attack.

“Our Ambassador is travelling to Nice today with consular staff and they will be doing all they can to help anyone affected.I have asked my Deputy National Security Adviser to chair a COBR meeting of senior officials to review what we know and what we can do to help.

“And I will speak to President Hollande today and make clear that the United Kingdom stands shoulder to shoulder with France today as we have done so often in the past.

“If, as we fear, this was a terrorist attack then we must redouble our efforts to defeat these brutal murderers who want to destroy our way of life.

“We must work with France and our partners around the world to stand up for our values and for our freedom.”

A British gran has of told how she calmed frightened tourists in Nice – with cups of English tea.
Jane Murphy and her pal Kate Lumbers, both 70, were on the promenade to watch the fireworks but rushed back to the their hotel when ‘total panic broke out’.  Jane, from Dover, Kent, described the moment people began screaming and running for their lives at around 10.30pm as ‘pandemonium’.

She said: “People started screaming and running. We ran with them to get out of the way. It was just total panic – pandemonium. “All you could hear was screaming as people were running to safety. It was total carnage.”

The pensioners raced back to their hotel, the Compte De Nice, quickly called her husband Nev back home to let him know they were safe.  SWNS British Gran June Murphy from Dover who calmed frightened tourists in Nice – with cups of tea
Jane Murphy calmed frightened tourists in Nice with cups of tea

Prime Minister Theresa May: Britain must redouble efforts to defeat ‘brutal terrorist murderers’. May has condemned the Nice terror attack in her first comments since last night’s massacre.

She said: “These were innocent victims enjoying a national celebration with their friends and families.”
Mrs May said as the full picture emerges, the government’s Deputy National Security Advisor will chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee this morning. The British ambassador to France is travelling to Nice today with consular staff to clarify reports a British national was injured and offer help.

She added: “I will speak to President Hollande today and make clear the United Kingdom stands shoulder to shoulder with France today as we have so often in the past. “If as we fear this was a terrorist attack, then we must redouble our efforts to defeat these brutal murderers who want to destroy out way of life.”
And she said: “We are working urgently to establish if there are British nationals involved that have been caught up in this attack.”

Many children are still ‘between life and death’ in hospital, it is reported. More than 50 children are believed to be undergoing treatment at a local facility.

The hospital’s head of communications told Le Figaro that some of the youngsters are in a life-threatening condition.

A witness has described how ‘the panic really kicked in’ when gunshots rang out.

Richard Gutjahr, a journalist for German TV channel ARD, saw the lorry approaching the crowd in a street that had been cleared of traffic.
He told the BBC: “All of a sudden, with all the people, all the families celebrating, this truck was approaching and it was approaching very slowly so it didn’t really rush but you could ask yourself ‘What is a truck doing in the heart of this?”’

Matrix Following Bastille Day celebration fireworks on the famous Promenade des Anglais, a truck driver reportedly zig-zagged his way through the crowds along the promenade, before emerging from the vehicle and shooting.

 

 

Facebook Comments