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The aftermath of Thursday night's attack
The aftermath of Thursday night's attack

SPOTLIGHT: TOLL RISES IN NICE ATTACK, AS TERROR HITS FRANCE AGAIN

Terror struck the French Riviera last night, as revellers and tourists gathered on Nice's famous Promenade des Anglais to watch the fireworks display on Bastille Day. Around an hour before midnight, a truck drove through frantic crowds for almost two kilometers, killing more than 80 people and injuring dozens in what French authorities are calling a terrorist attack. The tragic events on France's national day came after a month of heightened security for the Euro 2016 football championships and eight months since last November's shootings in Paris killed 130.

  • The current official death toll in Nice is 84, with more than 50 injured and 18 in critical condition.

  • According to local daily Nice-Matin, the man driving the truck has been identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, a Tunisian-born resident of Nice. He was shot dead by police last night and his home is being searched for clues to connections and motives.

  • While no group has yet claimed responsibility, French President François Hollande called it an act of "Islamist terrorism" and promised renewed French strikes in Syria and Iraq.

  • French authorities announced they would seek a three-month extension of the state of emergency, first declared after November's Paris attacks, which had been set to end on July 26.

  • Police and intelligence services are investigating the attacker's ties to any known terror organization and whether he acted alone, after several guns and grenades were found in the truck.

  • President Hollande declared three days of national mourning to last until July 18.

  • This is the third major terror attack on French soil in the past 18 months. The November 13 attacks targeted a football stadium just outside Paris, as well as restaurants and the Bataclan concert hall in the city. In January 2015, Islamic terrorists attacked the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and a Kosher supermarket in Paris.

  • Here are front pages of newspapers in France and around the world.

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