From The Associated Press:
NICE, France (AP) — The Latest on a truck that drove into the crowd in Nice (all times local):
U.S. President Barack Obama has condemned what he says “appears to be a horrific terrorist attack” in Nice.
Obama says, “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.”
Obama is offering French officials “any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice.”
France’s ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud, characterized the events in Nice as a “terrorist attack.”
“Our democracies – France, the United States, our other partners , we are besieged, we face a terrible threat,” Araud said at a Bastille Day reception at the French Embassy in Washington late Thursday.
The ranking politician of the Alpes-Maritime department that includes Nice says the truck plowed into the crowd over a distance of two kilometers (more than a mile), killing 75 people and wounding 50.
Eric Ciotti said on BFM TV that police killed the driver “apparently after an exchange of gunfire.”
The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation for “murder, attempted murder in an organized group linked to a terrorist enterprise.” The probe is being handled by France’s intelligence agency and judicial police.
Writing online, Nice Matin journalist Damien Allemand who was at the waterside said the fireworks display had finished and the crowd had got up to leave when they heard a noise and cries.
“A fraction of a second later, an enormous white …