84 people were killed in terrorist attacks in French Nice and 120 were injured. 18 of them are in critical condition. Among the dead and injured are the tourists from Switzerland, Britain, Spain and Russia. A 31-year-old Frenchman of Tunisian origin Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel crashed a 25-ton truck into a crowd of people walking along the Promenade des Anglais. Witnesses told he was deliberately zigzagging to knock down as many people as possible. There was panic and desperation among the crowd, many have tried to escape by jumping from the quay into the sea. Later, the terrorist was shot by special services. Weapons and grenades were found in his truck. According to media reports, the terrorist has long been known to law enforcement authorities in connection with various offenses. The country has declared three days of mourning. In addition, as stated by President Francois Hollande in his address to the nation, the state of emergency that expires on 26 July will be extended for another three months.

 

Francois HOLLANDE, PRESIDENT OF FRANCE:

 

France mourns. But it is strong and will always be, I assure you, stronger than any fanatics who want to hit us.

 

National flags are at half-mast in Nice. The city streets are unusually quiet. Residents cannot recover from the incident.

 

Fabris BRISSOT, RESIDENT OF NICE:

 

I was just shocked, really shocked. I heard the noise, but I could not imagine what is happening there. This morning, I am simply in disbelief.

 

Patricia, RESIDENT OF NICE:

 

We all understand that these things can happen anywhere, but it is ... I'm sorry, it's hard to say.

 

Milos KOLIC, RESIDENT OF NICE:

 

I woke up early and saw a hundred missed calls from friends who wanted to know what happened. And then I looked at the video. It is no longer safe in France. I moved here for work a couple of months ago. Nice is a small town. It does not attract much attention. If such a place can be a target, then any place can.

 

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but authorities believe that ISIL militants could be involved.

 

Photo: telegraf.com.ua

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