Americans among the dead in Nice terror attack

Christian Estrosi, the former mayor of Nice, France, and current president of the Alpes-Maritimes region, has confirmed that at least 77 people are dead and as many as 100 injured in a "terrible attack" during a Bastille Day celebration on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

Republican Donald Trump said he'd ask for a declaration of war against ISIS while the Democrat candidate-in-waiting, Hillary Clinton, called for greater intelligence gathering to fight terror groups. Supporters of Islamic State welcomed the attack on social media.

"As soon as we started running, all we could hear was gunshots". There were people, their bodies were tangled everywhere.

Authorities said they found identity papers belonging to a 31-year-old French-Tunisian citizen in the truck, as well as "guns" and "larger weapons".

Police officers and a soldier stand by the sealed off area of an attack after a truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. The attack ended when police shot and killed the driver. "We are facing a war that terrorism has brought to us".

Chaos broke out in Nice, France, after a truck plowed through throngs of tourists and locals celebrating Bastille Day on Thursday evening.

Major events in France have been guarded by troops and armed police since the Islamic State attacks past year, but it appeared to have taken many minutes to halt the progress of the truck as it tore along pavements and a pedestrian zone.

Police told residents of the city, located 30 km (20 miles) from the Italian border, to stay indoors as they conducted further operations, though there was no sign of any other attack.

Britain's ambassador is travelling to Nice today with consular staff to help anyone affected by the attack. There have been 10 terrorist attacks in France since 2012.

France has been under a state of emergency ever since the November 13 Paris carnage, which came after 17 were killed in another attack in January at various sites including the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket. The laws allow the French interior minister to approve home detention and searches without court orders. "If as we fear this is a terrorist attack, then we must redouble our efforts to defeat these brutal murderers who want to destroy our way of life". "Now once again we mourn for the victims of another murderous act of terror in France overnight".

President Barack Obama condemned what he said "appears to be a horrific terrorist attack" in Nice.

Counter-terrorist investigators were seeking to identify the driver.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, also discussed the developments on a phone call Wednesday, reviewing security measures as Turkey took precautionary steps, according to the Foreign Ministry in Ankara.

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