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Friday, July 15, 2016

Another Terror Attack in France ...at least 80 Dead

Chaos broke out in Nice, France, after a truck ploughed through throngs of tourists and locals celebrating Bastille Day on Thursday evening. Scrambling for safety, the crowd dispersed and took cover in nearby restaurants and hotels.

At least 80 people have been confirmed dead after a bus drove into a crowd of people watching fireworks display, marking the end Bastille day (French national public holiday). The driver was shot dead, after the driver drove for some 2 kilometres into the crowd.

To bring you up to speed, here are the Facts that aksu360 knows thus far:

-- At least 80 people are dead, including children, and another 18 in a critical condition after a truck ploughed into crowd
-- Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed that three Australians were injured in the attack
-- In a televised national address, French president Francois Hollande said France had been  hit by a terrorist attack on its national day, "the 14th of July, the symbol of freedom".
-- People were killed when the truck careened up to two kilometres along the famed Promenade des Anglais, which was packed with revellers about 11pm local time
-- The truck driver was reportedly shot dead at scene.
-- French media is reporting that French counter-terrorism investigators have taken control  of the scene
-- It comes eight months after gunmen killed 130 people in the Paris attacks

World Leaders Respond
US President Barack Obama
Obama condemned what he said “appears to be a horrific terrorist attack” in Nice. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved-ones of those killed.” Noting that the attack occurred on Bastille Day, Obama praised “the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world.”

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
Premier Li Keqiang said “we strongly condemn terrorism of all forms. We express our condolences to the victims and we will fight all kinds of terrorism.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
“Appalled by the horrific attack in Nice. I strongly condemn such mindless acts of violence. My thoughts are with the families of deceased,” PM Modi said on Twitter

President Pranab Mukherjee of India
“I am shocked to hear about the terrorist attack on an innocent crowd of people gathered to celebrate the Bastille Day in Nice, France…I strongly condemn the perpetrators of the terrorist attack in France…India stands shoulder to shoulder with the people and Government of France as it responds to this attack…We will strengthen our cooperation with France and other countries in the fight against terrorism…Heartfelt condolences to families of bereaved; prayers for speedy recovery of injured in attack,” the President tweeted.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
“Shocked and saddened by the appalling events in Nice, and the terrible loss of life,” said Johnson.

US Secretary of State John Kerry
Secretary of State John Kerry called it a “horrendous attack in Nice. … I was proud to stand alongside French leaders earlier today at Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, and the United States will continue to stand firmly with the French people during this time of tragedy.”

More updates as we have it....

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