Big truck runs over 73 people in France, driver shot dead

At least 73 people were killed and about 100 injured on Thursday night when a lorry drove into a crowd of Bastille Day revellers in an apparent terrorist attack in Nice, David Chazan reports.

A gunman reportedly got out of the lorry and fired into the crowd on the seafront Promenade des Anglais, an area popular with tourists in the Riviera resort, leaving dead and injured people lying in the street.

He was shot dead by police but there were reports that an accomplice had fled and that guns and grenades were found in the lorry.

The local Prefecture described the slaughter as a “terrorist attack” but an interior ministry spokesman, Pierre-Henry Brandet, said it was too early to be certain of the killers’ motives.

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