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Live: Truck attack kills over 80 in Nice

By Tuo Yannan in France and Agencies ( / Agencies) Updated: 2016-07-15 06:50

Updated: 2016-7-15 23:33

Highlights of French prosecutor's speech to the press

*The death toll remains 84, and "202 people were injured including 52 who are now in critical care". Ten children and teens were among the dead.

*Nobody has claimed responsibility, but Nice attack bears hallmark of terrorist organization.

*Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel has been confirmed as attacker. He was a chauffeur and delieveryman.

*Attacker's ex-wife has been detained.

*Attacker has violent history. He was "detained on the 23rd of March on 2016" and sentenced to six months, for a crime, and had been convicted of "voluntary violence with weapon and that was in January 2016".

*What the attacker did in the past few days:

-The truck was rented on 11 July, and was due back on the 13th.

-Inside the cabin, there were automatic fire weapons, two Kalashnikov rifles, bullets and a grenade.

-A mobile phone, a driver's licence and bank details were also found.

Updated: 2016-7-15 22:30

UN Secretary-General condemns attack in Nice

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attack in Nice, calling for intensified efforts to fight terrorism.

In a statement, he said he “stands firmly by the French government and people as they confront this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism.”

Updated: 2016-7-15 21:45

Hollande says dozens still fighting for their lives after Nice attack

French President Francois Hollande said about 50 people were still fighting for the lives after visiting victims at a hostpital in the French Riviera city.

"About 50 people are in an absolute urgency between life and death," Hollande said, adding that among the dead there were a lot of foreigners and children.

Updated: 2016-7-15 20:55 Rihanna cancels Nice concert after attack

"Due to the tragic concert...will not be going ahead as planned," Rihanna wrote on her Instagram page. "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families."

The Nice Jazz Festival, due to start on Saturday, was also cancelled, according to an announcement on its website.

Live: Truck attack kills over 80 in Nice

Updated: 2016-7-15 20:14

Nice truck attacker from Tunisian town of Msaken

The attacker, identified by French police sources as 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, came from the Tunisian town of Msaken which he last visited four years ago, Tunisian security sources said.

He was not known by the Tunisian authorities to hold radical or Islamist views, the sources said.

Bouhlel was married with three children, they said. The sources did not say when he had last been resident in Tunisia.

Msaken is about 10 km (six miles) outside the coastal city of Sousse.

Updated: 2016-7-15 19:00

Russian student killed in attack

A female Russian student was among those killed in the truck attack in Nice, the Moscow-based Academy of Finance where she studied said on Friday.

The academy identified her as Viktoria Savchenko.

Updated: 2016-7-15 18:48

Two US citizens among the dead

Two US citizens are among those killed in the truck attack in Nice, US State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

Updated: 2016-7-15 18:26

Germany boosts border controls with France

Germany will boost border controls at airports as well as road and rail crossings into France, the Federal Police said on Friday.

"In coordination with the French security authorities the federal police are strengthening their control in the area of cross-border traffic into France," the police said in a statement.

Updated: 2016-7-15 16:40

French Prime Minister:"France will not allow itself to be destabilised"

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says on Friday that terrorism is a threat that is "weighing heavily on France".

He said: "The goal of terrorists is to instill fear and panic."

"But France is a great country and a great democracy that will not allow itself to be destabilised."

Updated: 2016-7-15 16:30

Nice mayor: About 10 children killed in attack

Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, has told local media in France that about 10 children were killed in the Nice attack.

Updated: 2016-7-15 16:00

More than 50 children admitted to hospital: French newspaper

According to French newspaper Nice-Matin, 54 children have been admitted to the Lenval hospital in Nice since Thursday evening.

Several children are reported to be among those killed in the attack.

Updated: 2016-7-15 15:30

European shares fall, travel stocks hit by attack in France

European stock markets fell on Friday, with the shares of travel and leisure companies dropping after the attack in the French city of Nice.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 0.3 percent, with France's CAC equity index down by 0.5 percent. Shares in French hotels operator Accor fell 4 percent, while shares in airlines such as Air France-KLM , easyJet and British Airways' owner International Consolidated Airlines Group also fell by between 1.6 to 3 percent.

Updated: 2016-7-15 14:15

China stands against all kinds of terrorism: President Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping has extended his condolences to his French counterpart François Hollande, over the truck attack in Nice. Xi said China stands against all kinds of terrorism and wish to cooperate with France to safeguard world peace.

Updated: 2016-7-15 13:45

Death toll rises to 84

Death toll in Nice truck attack rises to 84, with 18 in critical condition, according to French interior ministry.

Updated: 2016-7-15 13:35

Live: Truck attack kills over 80 in Nice

French CRS and judicial police work near the heavy truck that ran into a crowd at high speed celebrating the Bastille Day July 14 national holiday on the Promenade des Anglais killing 80 people in Nice, France, July 15, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]

Updated: 2016-7-15 13:20

"Je Suis Nice"

The message "Je Suis Nice" or "I am Nice" is spreading on social media after the attack in Nice. It is based on " Je suis Charlie", which was cried out by Internet users after the 2015 terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, the Paris satirical newspaper that had lampooned Islam.

Live: Truck attack kills over 80 in Nice 

Updated: 2016-7-15 13:10

Nice truck attacker was known to French police for common law crimes, but not to intelligence services:police source.

Updated: 2016-7-15 13:00

Eyewitness:I saw bodies flying like skittles

"I saw bodies flying like skittles as it drove along," said local journalist Damien Allemand on the Nice-Matin newspaper's web site. "I just froze ... The beach attendants were the first on the scene. They brought water for the wounded and towels that they placed over those for whom there was no hope."

Updated: 2016-7-15 11:20

Leaders stand for a minute of silence for the victims of a deadly attack in the French city of Nice, before the opening session of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit in Ulaanbaatar.

Live: Truck attack kills over 80 in Nice 

Updated: 2016-7-15 10:05

Chinese Premier slams attack in France, expresses condolence

China opposes terrorism in all its forms, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday morning in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, while attending the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit.

The premier expressed his condolence to the victims of the attack, and extended his sincere regards to the injured and the families of the victims.

Updated: 2016-7-15 09:50

Hollande: Nice was "terror attack", children killed

French President Francois Hollande says the incident in Nice was a terror attack.He also extends state of emergency for three months after the attack. Children were among those killed in Nice. France "will reinforce operations in Syria and Iraq" says Hollande.

Live: Truck attack kills over 80 in Nice 

Updated: 2016-7-15 09:28

Death toll rises to 80.

Updated: 2016-7-15 09:28

According to the local newspaper Nice Matin, the driver of Nice attack was "a 31-year-old Tunisian man from Nice. With his truck loaded with weapons and grenades, he also fired at the crowd. The driver was shot dead by the security forces".

Updated: 2016-7-15 09:15

EU's Tusk says stands with France

Europe stands united with the French people and government in the fight against violence and hatred, European Council President Donald Tusk said.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders described the attack as "barbaric".

Updated: 2016-7-15 09:00

Obama condemns the attack in Nice

US President Barack Obama said he condemned the deadly attack in Nice and offered any assistance France needs to investigate.

"On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians," Obama said in a statement.

Updated: 2016-7-15 08:58

Exclusive:Two Chinese tourists injured

Two tourists holding Chinese passports were injured in the incident, one of which is severely injured, according to China's General Consulate in Marseille. Both of them have been hospitalized.

Updated: 2016-7-15 08:20

No Chinese ethic are reported to be injured or dead as of now. The emergency number to call in Nice, France, is: 0493 7222 22.

Updated: 2016-7-15 08:20

Death toll rises to 77. Forty-seven are severely injured, with 16 of them in critical condition. French President Francois Hollande announces that an urgent conference on security will be held in Elysee Palace,the residence of French president, at 9:00 am (local time)on July 15, according to China Daily reporter Tuo Yannan in France.

Updated: 2016-7-15 08:10

Video from the site, according to China Daily reporter Tuo Yannan in France.

Live: Truck attack kills over 80 in Nice

Updated: 2016-7-15 07:50

French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, left Paris on Thursday to reach the scene at Nice where a truck drove through the crowd and caused more than 70 death. He is expected on site at around 2 am, according to China Daily reporter Tuo Yannan in France.

Updated: 2016-7-15 07:40

Video from the site, according to China Daily reporter Tuo Yannan in France.

Live: Truck attack kills over 80 in Nice

Updated: 2016-7-15 07:30

Several weapons, guns and grenades were found inside the truck that crashed into the crowd,said a local source , contacted by Le Figaro, according to China Daily reporter Tuo Yannan in France.


Updated: 2016-7-15 07:10

At least 73 dead in Nice attack, Xinhua quoted Itele TV which cited prosecutor.

Updated: 2016-7-15 06:50

A truck rammed into crowd in Nice, southern France, killing dozens and injuring around 100, local media reported early Friday.

The truck crashed into crowd over a long distance on the Promenade des Anglais, a celebrated seaside promenade, reported BFMTV.

"Dear Nice residents, the driver of a truck appears to have made dozens of deaths. Stay at the moment at your homes. More information to come," wrote on Twitter Christian Estrosi, mayor of Nice.

The prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes took the incident as an attack, reported French media, adding that the driver was shot by the police.

Live: Truck attack kills over 80 in Nice

An injured individual is seen on the ground after at least 30 people were killed in Nice, France, when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday July 14, 2016.

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