Police on Friday have
identified the man who used a hired lorry to kill at least 84
people in a terrorist attack during Bastille Day celebrations in
Nice, France, as a well known French-Tunisian criminal.
The man was shot by police after he deliberately drove at a
packed street of spectators, killing at least 84 and wounding many
According to AFP, the perpetrator was a local 30-year-old career
criminal who was born in Tunisia before moving to France.
His 19 tonne lorry had zigzagged through crowds massing on the
Promenade des Anglais on Thursdaynight,
killing anyone he could.
After being stopped by armed police, who fired bullets into
the lorryâ€™s windscreen, the so far unnamed man
exchanged fire with officers using a 7.65pistol, before being shot
The attack, which comes eight months and a day after Isis
gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in Paris, appeared so
far to be the work of a lone assailant.
â€œPeople went down like
ninepins,â€ Jacques, who runs Le Queenie restaurant on
the seafront, told France Info.
â€œI saw people go down,â€
bystander Franck Sidoli, who was visibly shocked, told Reuters at
the scene. â€œThen the truck stopped, we were just
five metres away. A woman was there, she lost her son. Her son was
on the ground, bleeding.â€
The fact that the killer was known to the authorities will be
of grave concern to those trying to prevent terrorist attacks in
Source: AFP/Telegraph UK