The driver of the truck that killed at least 80 people in Nice on Thursday evening was a 31-year-old resident born in Tunisia, according to French newspaper Nice Matin.
For those who don’t know, Tunisia is 99.1% Sunni Muslim! The media is doing everything possible to convince the world this had nothing to do with Islam.
The attack occurred when the driver plowed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day during a firework display along the city’s waterfront. He was shot dead by police, according to French Interior Ministry spokesperson Pierre-Henry Brandet.
Heavy weapons and grenades were found inside the truck.
French newspaper Le Figaro reports that driver fired at the crowd as he drove.
ID card belonging to Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a French Tunisian man, 31, from Nice, found next to his body
Despite allegedly questioning the driver, police officers in the southern French city did nothing to move him on as he waited to begin the attack.
The driver of the truck was shot dead after barrelling 2km through the crowd on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais, sending hundreds fleeing in terror and leaving the area strewn with bodies.
“An individual drove a truck into the crowd. He was killed by police,” said interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet. A photograph showed the front of the truck riddled with bullet holes and badly damaged, with burst tyres.
Robert Holloway, an AFP reporter who witnessed the white truck driving at speed onto the seaside road, described scenes of “absolute chaos”.
“We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around. I had to protect my face from flying debris,” he said.
Prosecutors said the probe would be handled by anti-terrorist investigators.
“Investigations are currently under way to establish if the individual acted alone or if he had accomplices who might have fled,” the interior ministry spokesman said, but he denied reports that a hostage-taking incident had taken place.
President Francois Hollande’s office said he would preside over a meeting of the country’s defence and security chiefs on Friday.
The bloodshed comes eight months after Islamic State jihadist attacks on Paris nightspots left 130 people dead, dealing a hard blow to tourism in one of the world’s top destinations.
Islamic State has repeatedly singled out France as a prime target, and the country has been under a state of emergency ever since the November 13 Paris attacks.
The Mediterranean city of Nice, with its pebble beaches and clear blue water, has been a magnet for sun-seekers and the jetset since the 19th century.
Another eyewitness said the truck accelerate as it hit pedestrians and zigzagged to hit more people.
A number of heavy weapons and grenades were reportedly found inside the truck.
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Shooting during terrorist attack in Nice – Liveleak video
Two Americans were killed in the attack:
The time for hashtags and flowers is over. Shut borders, close mosques, begin deportations. It’s a war being fought by one side only. They are winning.
As we posted in 2014: Jihadi mag encourages Muslims to mow Americans down with trucks
Vehicular jihad has been used in the United States by Muslims already:
May 2006 — Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student, rented an SUV and drove it through a crowded part of the campus — intentionally trying to hit people and wounding nine. In a series of letters to the student newspaper, he explained that he acted in obedience to Koranic dictates.