A spokesman for France's Interior Ministry says there are likely to be "several dozen dead" after a truck drove into a crowd of revelers celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice. While the jazz festival was set to open on Saturday, Rihanna's concert was scheduled for Friday.
French President Francois Hollande termed the Nice Truck attack as a terrorist assault even as French media identified the driver as a 31-year-old French-Tunisian man, after some papers of his identity were found inside the truck.
The regional president, Christian Estrosi, told BFM TV that "the driver fired on the crowd, according to the police who killed him".
Just hours before the attack, hundreds, if not thousands, had gathered on the famous Promenade des Anglais, one of the city's main thoroughfares, in a colorful display of fireworks and live music.
The French Embassy here has cancelled the country's National Day reception following the Nice terror attack.
"Attacks are prepared with accomplices", Estrosi said.
"The vile terrorism has returned in full force and destroyed the celebration of freedom, equality and fraternity", Israel's opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) said on his Twitter page Friday.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is being kept up to date on the "terrible incident" in Nice, a Downing Street spokesperson said Friday. The seaside city, not far from Nice and one of France's largest, announced the cancellation after an attack on Nice's waterfront promenade left at least 84 people dead. However he stopped short of using the word attack, while acknowledging that "it has many ingredients of an attack that allow us to think that". At least 80 people were killed before police killed the driver, authorities said.
Although no organization has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, François Hollande, the president of France, said in a statement on French television that "the terrorist characteristic of this attack is undeniable", but it is unclear at the moment whether the man acted alone or with help.
Hollande said a state of emergency - which was to have ended July 26 - would be extended for three months. I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice.
'We have seen a few sort of bodies along the street.
Ms De Jong said she was walking down the promenade watching the fireworks with her friends when she saw a frantic crowd of people running toward her, screaming for her to 'not go back there'. Molina said her teenage son witnessed the carnage. There are people everywhere, and we have seen a few everywhere, and we have seen a few - there's lots of ambulances, police officers, army'.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said "we are in a war with terrorists who want to strike us at any price and in a very violent way".