"I saw bodies flying” - Bastille Day terror in Nice, France
15 July, 2016
A lorry racing into a crowd after Bastille Day celebrations in the French city of Nice has killed at least 84 people, injuring at least 18 more , BBC reports.

The driver of the lorry was shot dead, French media report. French media reports say he was 31 and known to police.

French President Francois Hollande said the country was "under the threat of Islamic terrorism".

Witnesses in Nice have been describing the scenes of terror and panic as the
tragedy unfolded, BBC says:
Damien Allemand, a journalist with the local newspaper Nice Matin, was at the waterfront after the fireworks had finished.

"A fraction of a second later, an enormous white truck came along at a crazy speed, turning the wheel to mow down the maximum number of people."

"I saw bodies flying like bowling pins along its route. Heard noises, cries that I will never forget"…
"The bodies are still there, covered in white sheets. And the scene is still carrying on, these poor people are lying on the road in front of us, they're lying on there and there's lots of police obviously around and ambulances, but it's a terrible, terrible scene."

Nice resident Wassim Bouhlel: "There was carnage on the road," he said. "Bodies everywhere." He described how the driver got out of the truck with a gun and started shooting.

Kayla Repan, a visitor from the US, was among the hundreds who had gathered to watch the celebrations and fireworks. "The whole city was running," she told Associated Press.

"There were huge numbers of families. When we were crouching down behind a car, there was a mother with a young child and she was just trying to tell her young daughter that nothing's going on, that all is going to be fine."
Another witness, Tarubi Wahid Mosta,posted a video on Facebook which showed photos of an abandoned doll and pushchair. He said that he had come home with a victim's Yorkshire terrier.

"I almost stepped on a corpse, it was horrible. It looked like a battlefield," he said, while describing the sense of helplessness surrounding the carnage.

"All these bodies and their families... they spent hours on the ground holding the cold hands of bodies dismembered by the truck. You can't even speak to them or comfort them."
A state of emergency, in place since November's Paris attacks, has been extended by three months.

France had been on high alert since those attacks in which 130 people died and hundreds were wounded.

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