It was a day everyone was celebrating. Who knew it would be a night of mourning?
It was when scores of people were celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice that a lorry slammed through the crowd and took more than 80 lives. In what was termed as an attack with “an undeniable terrorist nature” by President Francois Hollande, around 10 children too were killed. It struck at the heart of a city considered a tourist hotspot for its beautiful beaches and vibrant crowds.
- There were fireworks at the Promenade, commemorating the Bastille Day on 14th July. A lot of people were rejoicing and enjoying the celebrations post the fireworks. Around 10:30 p.m. local time, on Thursday, a truck sped down the Promenade des Anglais, killing around 84 people.
- According to eyewitnesses, the driver ploughed on for 2km (1.2 miles) on the Promenade des Anglais, crushing people mercilessly, before being shot dead by police.
- French officials said that one man was identified as driving the truck, and he was shot dead by the police.
- This is a peak vacation season when a lot of tourists from around the world come to France.
- A state of emergency, which is in place since November’s Paris attacks carried out by militants from the so-called Islamic State group, has been extended by three months.
- President François Hollande called it a terrorist attack, and he convened an emergency meeting at the Interior Ministry in Paris to discuss the situation.
- France was already reeling from a string of terrorist attacks since the past 18 months, including attacks in and around Paris in January and November 2015 that killed 147 people.
- There has been a show of strength and condemnation from different parts of the world, against what is arguably one of the most dangerous threats to human lives today- terror.