A vehicle ‘loaded with grenades’ has ploughed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, southern French, with the rising death toll currently standing at 84.
The city’s beachfront Promenade des Anglais is a scene of terror and chaos after the truck indiscriminately runs down scores of men, women and children in the crowd.
And 188 victims of the 2km attack have been reported as being injured in the attack, with French President Francois Holland disclosing that 50 people are ‘between life and death’.
The armed suspect, shot dead after a gun battle with police, is believed to be 31-year-old French Tunisian named locally as Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel.
Although no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, it is certain that France is witnessing a wave of Islamic extremist violence more intense and lethal than any of its contemporaries in the West. The country’s state of emergency, in place since last November’s terror attacks in Paris, has consequently been extended.