UPDATE: Reports now suggesting 60 killed, more than 150 injured. Live updates streaming from Sky News:
ORIGINAL:We are just learning of what appears to be a terror attack hitting a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France, that has left more than 30 people dead and more than 100 injured, according to very early reports.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 14, 2016
The local prefecture has urged people in the area to remain indoors, calling the incident “an attack”. However, what is new in this particular attack is the weapon inflicting the terror: a large truck.
Update – President of Cote d’Azur region says “the driver of a lorry seems to have killed dozens of people – stay in your homes”— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) July 14, 2016
BFMTV: official says at least 30 people killed and 100 injured after truck hit Bastille Day crowd in Nice and driver of vehicle is dead
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) July 14, 2016
More from the BBC:
A lorry has struck a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice, with reports of many dead.
The incident took place on the famous Promenade des Anglais during a firework display, media reports say.
One image on Twitter showed about a dozen people lying on the street, some being tended to.
The local prefecture has urged people in the area to remain indoors, calling the incident “an attack”.
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said that “a lorry driver appears to have killed dozens of people”.
He urged residents to stay indoors.
Some reports spoke of shots being exchanged between police and the occupants of the lorry but these have not been confirmed.
Social media video showed people running through the streets in panic following the incident.
A journalist with the Nice Matin newspaper reported from the scene that there was “a lot of blood and without doubt many injured”.
An Agence France-Presse reporter said the incident took place as the firework display was ending, adding: “We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around.”
Another image on Twitter showed a white lorry stopped in the middle of the promenade with damage to its front, and four police officers observing it while taking cover behind a palm tree.
Reports of shots being fired could not immediately be confirmed, and may have been confused with the sound of fireworks.
No word yet on who might be behind this attack, but terror certainly would fit the description of what is being reported on the scene.
And it may be that the terrorists have taken up a new deadly weapon. Airplanes, bombs, guns and now trucks? As The Guardian reports, the use of a truck to plough into a crowd is a tactic Islamist jihadis have suggested for years. For instance, Inspire magazine – affiliated with al-Qaida – urged the tactic several years ago.
We pray for the victims of this horrific attack.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]