NICE – FRANCE. A lorry has struck a crowd after Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice, killing at least 77 people and injuring dozens, officials say.
It happened on the famous Promenade des Anglais after a firework display.
The driver was “neutralised”, and guns and grenades were found inside the lorry.
One image on Twitter showed about a dozen people lying on the street.
Officials said it was an attack, and asked people to stay indoors.
About 50 people were injured, some critically, in the incident on Thursday evening.
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said that “a lorry driver appears to have killed dozens of people”.
Prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre said the lorry drove 2km (1.2 miles) through a large crowd, the AFP news agency reports.
Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet denied earlier reports of hostage situations and said the driver of the lorry had been “neutralised”.
He added that officials were investigating whether the driver acted alone.
No group has so far claimed responsibility, however prosecutors said the inquiry would be handled by anti-terror investigators.
French President Francois Hollande was returning back to Paris for crisis talks in the capital, his office said. Mr Hollande was in the southern city of Avignon on a private visit.
Some reports spoke of shots being exchanged between police and the occupants of the lorry but these have not been confirmed.
France had already been on high alert, following last November’s attacks in Parisin which 130 people died and hundreds were wounded.- BBC NEWS