Nice attack investigations continue, France’s “State of Emergency” extended three months

Published July 15th, 2016 - 03:04 GMT
Rescue workers arrive on the scene after the deadly attack on Bastille Day revelers in Nice, France. (AFP/Valery Hache)
Rescue workers arrive on the scene after the deadly attack on Bastille Day revelers in Nice, France. (AFP/Valery Hache)

Reuters reports that French counter-terrorism forces are continuing to investigate the Nice attack that killed at least 80 people on Bastille Day.

A man drove a truck loaded with guns and grenades into a crowd of people watching fireworks for the holiday. A local government official confirmed to Reuters that the man opened fire on the crowd. Police shot and killed him.

While a name has not been released, local newspaper Nice-Matin claimed the assailant was a 31-year-old Nice resident of Tunisian origin.

French President Francois Hollande released a statement on the Nice attack and will travel to the city on Friday. According to The Telegraph, Hollande extended France's State of Emergency for another three months following Thursday night's events.

"Nothing will make us yield in our will to fight terrorism. We will further strengthen our actions in Iraq and in Syria. We will continue striking those who attack us on our own soil," Hollande affirmed.

While no organization has claimed responsibility for the attack, Daesh is strongly suspected. Supporters of the militant group voiced their support of the incident on social media.

The Nice attack comes almost exactly eight months after the Daesh-claimed Paris attacks that killed 130 people.

 

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