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Hollande seeks to extend state of emergency after Nice attack

Valery Hache, AFP| People lay flowers in the street of Nice to pay tribute to the victims the day after a gunman smashed a truck into a crowd of revellers celebrating Bastille Day, killing at least 84 people, on July 15, 2016.

At least 84 people were killed after a lorry ploughed into a crowd attending Bastille Day celebrations in the French city of Nice on Thursday night, in what authorities said was terror attack.

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Here are the day's main developments:

  • A lorry ploughed into a crowd of people in the southern French city of Nice at around 11pm local time Thursday night towards the end of a fireworks display to celebrate the Bastille Day holiday.
  • The lorry drove at a high speed for a distance of around 2km through the crowd, according to witnesses and officials.
  • The driver of the lorry was shot dead by police. He has been formally identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian citizen living legally in Nice who had no known ties to terror groups.
  • The death toll rose to at least 84 people, including 10 children and adolescents, with around 50 more critically injured, French President François Hollande said Friday.
  • Hollande said the attack was “clearly of a terrorist nature”. It is being investigated by France’s anti-terror unit.
  • Hollande said a state of emergency implemented after the November terror attacks in Paris and due to end on July 26 will be extended by another three months.

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