The scene in Nice, France on Thursday night
Paris has opened a terrorism investigation after a truck plowed into a crowd of revelers celebrating Bastille Day in Nice on Thursday.
Christian Estrosi, the president of the region that includes Nice, says a truck that slammed into revelers celebrating Bastille Day on the city’s waterfront was loaded with arms and grenades, and that the driver of the truck has now been killed by police.
Seventy-five people are confirmed dead, according to a ranking politician in Alpes-Maritimes department that includes Nice. CNN reports that at least 100 have been injured.
As of 5:30 p.m. PT, Estrosi tweeted that the death toll had risen to 77.
Estrosi told French news network BFM TV that “the driver fired on the crowd, according to the police who killed him.” Adding the truck was driven by someone who appeared to have “completely premeditated behavior.”
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.
On Thursday night amid celebrations of the national holiday, a truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through over a mile of revelers who’d gathered to watch fireworks in the French resort city.
The luxurious Hotel Negresco in Nice has been turned into a makeshift help center for victims and survivors of the attack.