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The French interior minister now says 80 people have been killed in the truck attack in Nice, with 18 others critically injured.
The carnage occurred when a truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of Bastille Day revellers in the resort city.
The driver also opened fire on the crowd.
“You could hear banging sounds as the truck drove over people.” witness Dominique Molina told CNN.
“As soon as the truck went out of view we heard a barrage of gunfire and it sounded like a shooting range, you heard screaming and then you just see masses of people fleeing, like, running away.”
The ranking politician of the Alpes-Maritime department that includes Nice said the truck plowed into the crowd over a distance of 2 kilometers.
Eric Ciotti said on BFM TV that police killed the driver “apparently after an exchange of gunfire.”
The truck was reportedly loaded with arms and grenades.
French President Francois Hollande says the dead include children and that “the terrorist character” of the attack cannot be denied.”
He extended a state of emergency in the country, in place since terrorist attacks in Paris last year, for another three months.
Prime Minister Trudeau said “Canadians are shocked by tonight’s attack in Nice. Our sympathy is with the victims, and our solidarity with the French people.”
B.C. Premier Christy Clark tweeted that the incident is just horrible, and she is thinking of all those involved and their families
Meanwhile, a large group of students from the Nanaimo-Ladysmith area were in Nice tonight as part of a one-week stay in the city.
The group left for France on July 11th,
The Nanaimo-Ladysmith School Board sent a message saying all students and chaperones are safe and accounted for.
With files from AP