At least 77 people were killed last night and hundreds more injured in a Muslim terror attack during Bastille Day celebrations in southern France.
A lorry ploughed through crowds “like a bowling ball” for more than a mile as families and friends watched the annual fireworks display on the streets of Nice. The truck driver was said to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” — God is greatest — before being killed in a gun battle with cops.
A second man was believed to be on the run. Police said guns and grenades were found in the vehicle alongside the driver. Dozens of victims were seen lying injured on Promenade des Anglais along the city’s famous waterfront. Other petrified revellers threw themselves in the sea to escape the carnage.
One witness said: “The whole area is pedestrianised and the lorry came down the south side. “It crushed the crowd like a bowling ball. Everything in its path was crushed.” Another revealed: “The lorry turned towards the crowds and the driver just put his foot down.
“It caused mass panic and a stampede away. It was terrifying.”
It was the second worst terror attack in French history, behind November’s atrocities in Paris. The white lorry was reported to have mounted the pavement at about 40mph and steered directly towards men, women and children, some of whom were still dressed for the beach.
One eyewitness who works for the Nice authorities said: “It is absolute chaos. Bodies are lying everywhere. Police are flooding the streets, including anti-terrorism officers.
“Nobody knows what to do — except to hide away.”
As the lorry speeded up, police marksmen were seen shooting at the windscreen, killing the driver. One British family caught up in the horror told how they fled as the lorry ploughed into the crowd.
Harjit Sarang was on holiday in Nice — where the England football team played Iceland in Euro 2016 two weeks ago — with her husband and sons, aged six and nine.
Lawyer Harjit, from London, said: “We were told about the fireworks by someone in the hotel and decided to go along.
“I was going to leave my husband to take the boys because I was tired but I am so glad I didn’t.
“The fireworks had finished when we saw people running and screaming.
“It was sheer panic and, with the volume of people, it was a crowd mentality. “We started running. It was so difficult to stay together and to stay calm, especially with two small boys.
“We just ran, we panicked, not even knowing in which direction our hotel was. “My eldest son was yelling at us, ‘Why have you brought me here? I’m never coming here again’. The worst thing is thinking we took our children into that.” source