News Update!!: Nice, France: Latest Information: Terrorist Attack during Bastille Day celebrations.
** ZachNews has the latest Information regarding a terrorist attack during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France. **
** As of 4:20pm PT on Sunday, July 17th, 2016: **
The U.C. Berkeley student that was missing following the deadly terrorist attack in Nice, France has been confirmed dead.
The missing student was been identified as 20 year old Nicolas Leslie who was originally from Italy but grew up in Del Mar, California.
** As of 8:40am PT on Saturday, July 16th, 2016: **
French prosecutors is saying that 5 people have been arrested in the terrorist truck massacre attack in Nice, France.
French President Francois Hollande called Thursday night’s terrorist truck massacre attack, “undeniably terrorist in nature.”
However, French Prosecutors say that the driver, 31 year old Mohamed Laouaij Bouhlel, wasn’t known to intelligence services.
According to French Prosecutor Francois Molins, Mohamed Laouaij Bouhlel, a Tunisian living in Nice, France, was known to authorities for “threats, violence and petty theft.”
French Prosecutors say Mohamed Laouaij Bouhlel was convicted in March and given a 6 month suspended sentence for a road-rage incident involving a wooden pallet but was never on a watch list.
** As of 10:20pm PT on Friday, July 15th, 2016: **
A U.C. Berkeley student is missing and 3 other students were injured following the deadly terrorist attack in Nice, France.
The missing student has been identified as 20 year old Nicolas Leslie who was originally from Italy but grew up in Del Mar, California.
Nick Leslie was last seen on the promenade when the truck barreled through crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day.
His family is worried and hope he’s found soon safe and a live.
** As of 10:00pm PT on Friday, July 15th, 2016: **
A father and son from Austin, Texas, are among the dead in the terrorist attack in Nice, France.
A family is mourning the loss of 51 year old Sean Copeland and his 11 year old son, Brodie.
Family members say that both Sean Copeland and Brodie were on vacation with their family in France when the terrorist attack occurred.
** As of 9:00am PT on Friday, July 15th, 2016: **
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Authorities has identified the terrorist truck driver as 31 year old Mohamed Lagouaiej Bouhlel, a resident of Nice, France.
Mohamed Lagouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day along a beachfront taking away the lives of 84 innocent people, including 2 Americans and 10 children, and injuring over 202 innocent people as pedestrians were leaving a fireworks display for Bastille Day.
A father and his 11 year old son from Texas are reportedly among the dead in the terrorist attack.
French leaders on Friday extended the country’s 9 month old ‘State of Emergency’ and vowed to deploy thousands of police reservists on the streets after last night’s massacre.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 15, 2016
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Authorities surrounded the stationary truck and fatally shoot the driver who drove into the crowds of people.
Wassim Bouhlel, a native of Nice, France, told The Associated Press that he saw the truck drive into the crowd, then the driver emerged with a gun and started shooting.
“There was carnage on the road. Bodies everywhere,” Wassim Bouhlel told The Associated Press.
Witnesses say the driver was heard shouting, “Allahu Akbar” during the mowing down people.
No group has claimed responsibility for the carnage, but French officials called it an undeniable “act of terror”.
In September 2014, then-IS Spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani told his jihadist followers, “If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French… kill him in any manner or way, however it may be.”
Then-IS Spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani added, “Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him.”
This terrorist attack rocks a nation still dealing with the aftermath of 2 attacks in Paris, France in 2015 that killed 147 people and were claimed by the Islamic State extremist group.
“Terrorism is a threat that weighs heavily upon France and will continue to weigh for a long time. We are facing a war that terrorism has brought to us. The goal of terrorists is to instill fear and panic. And France is a great country, and a great democracy, that will not allow itself to be destabilized,” said Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
** As of 9:00pm PT on Thursday, July 14th, 2016: **
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Authorities are saying that a truck deliberately drove into a large crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France.
At least 84 people were killed, including 2 Americans and many of the dead being children, and many people were injured in the terrorist attack.
Bastille Day attack: New footage shows truck driving into crowd in Nice https://t.co/m70ozUYyiv
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 14, 2016
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The crowd had gathered on the Promenade-des-Anglais to watch the Bastille Day fireworks.
Witnesses say the truck drove into people on a sidewalk, then the driver got out of the truck and began firing a gun into the crowd.
Authorities fired back and killed the driver.
The truck’s windshield was visibly riddled with bullet holes after the gun battle.
French officials are saying that the attack was believed to be a deliberate act of terrorism.
Telling French TV, the President of the Regional Government Christian Estrosi say that the truck was driven by someone who appeared to have “completely premeditated behavior” and that, “the truck was loaded with arms, loaded with grenades.”
The United States Consulate in Marseille issued an emergency message to Americans in the south of France saying, “We are working with local authorities to determine if any U.S. citizens were injured in the event. We urge U.S. citizens in Nice to contact family members and loved ones to notify them that you are safe, avoid the area, to monitor local press for updates, and to exercise caution if you are in the vicinity.”
United States of America President Barack Obama issued a statement condemning the attack and offering assistance to French officials saying, “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.”
United States officials said Americans who are concerned about relatives or friends in Nice, France can reach out to the State Department online or call the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington at: 1 (888)407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries from 8:00am to 8:00pm ET, Monday through Friday.
The French government has also set up a crisis line at: +33-820-26-0606.
** ZachNews sends our condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the family and friends of the victims in the terrorist attack during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France. **
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