Dozens killed as truck ploughs into large crowd celebrating Bastille Day

UPDATE @ 2.00pm: French President Francois Hollande has extended the State of Emergency in France for another three months following the horrifying terror related attack on crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France.

The shocking attack, which saw a man deliberately drive a truck into a crowd who were gathered to watch fireworks along the Promenade des Anglais seaside walk, has left more than 80 dead and 18 in a critical condition.

President Hollande confirmed that the suspect, believed to be a 31-year-old French-Tunisian citizen, had been shot dead by police after an exchange of gunfire at the scene.


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He also confirmed that terrorism could not be ruled out.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has said that DFAT is currently providing consular assistance to Australians caught up in the attack and are urgently seeking to determine whether any other Australians have been affected.

“The Australian Government condemns the Bastille Day attack in Nice which has left many people dead and injured, Ms Bishop says.

“Once again we stand resolutely with the people of France. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims and their families.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to Australians caught up in the attack and are urgently seeking to determine whether any other Australians have been affected.

“We have re-issued our travel advice for France to reflect the attack, but the overall level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in France.

“Australians in Nice should remain attentive to their surroundings, avoid affected areas and follow the instructions of local authorities.”

Three Australians suffered minor injuries in the attack, including a tourist on a Topdeck tour in Nice.

“As of 2.30 local time all of our customers are safe and accounted for. Unfortunately one of our customers has reported some minor injuries,” the tour company said in a statement on their website.

“They are with Topdeck staff and are currently being tended to in hospital. Our family liaison team has been in direct contact with the injured customer’s family and we are ensuring the best care possible.”

The genders of the injured Australians and which states they are from have not yet been made public.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the attack as a “murderous act of terror”.

“Only eight months ago we mourned for the victims of terrorist attacks in Paris. Now once again we mourn for the victims of another murderous act of terror in France overnight, on Bastille Day,” Prime Minister Turnbull said in a statement.

“Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with the people of France. Our nations are united in freedom’s cause today, just as we were a hundred years ago.”

Australians have been urged to exercise a high degree of caution in France.

EARLIER: At least 70 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in what is believed to be a horrifying terror related attack on crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France.

According to local media, a truck loaded with guns and grenades deliberately ploughed into a large crowd who were gathered to watch fireworks along the Promenade des Anglais seaside walk.

The driver then allegedly emerged from the vehicle and started firing multiple gunshots. He is believed to have now been shot dead by police.

“The individual who drove the truck was neutralized. The investigation will determine whether he acted alone,” a tweet by the French Interior Ministry reads.

Christian Estrosi, The Mayor of Nice, said that the death toll is believed to be in the dozens and issued a warning on Twitter, urging everyone to stay inside.

“The driver of a van appears to have killed dozens. Stay in your homes for now. More info to follow,” he wrote.

Videos posted to social media show crowds screaming and running from the terrifying scene.

DFAT says the Australian embassy in Paris is making urgent calls to determine whether any Australians have been affected by attack.

“The Australian Embassy in Paris is making urgent inquiries to determine whether any Australians have been affected by the incident at the Bastille day celebrations in Nice, France,” the statement reads.

“If you have any concerns for the welfare of family or friends in the region you should attempt to contact them directly. If you are unable to contact them and still hold concerns for their welfare you should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 24 hour consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135.”

American President Barack Obama also issued a statement following the deadly attack.

“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. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded.

“I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.

“On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.”

Bastille Day is the biggest public holiday in France.

EARLIER: At least 30 people have reportedly been killed after a truck ploughed into a large crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France.

It’s believed the attack occurred while people were watching fireworks along the Promenade des Anglais seaside walk.

Christian Estrosi, The Mayor of Nice, said that the death toll is believed to be in the dozens and issued a warning on Twitter, urging everyone to stay inside.

“Dear Nice, The driver of a van appears to have killed dozens. Stay in your homes for now. More info to follow,” he wrote.

Videos posted to social media show crowds screaming and running from the scene.

It is currently unclear if the attack is terror related.

Bastille Day is the biggest public holiday in France.

EARLIER: A truck has reportedly crashed into a large crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France.

Videos posted to social media show crowds screaming and running from the scene.

Exact details remain unclear at this stage, however local media are reporting that gunshots have been exchanged between truck occupants and several people have been killed.

It is currently unclear if the attack is terror related.