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A lorry ploughed into a crowd of people in the southern French city of Nice at around 11pm local time Thursday night towards the end of a fireworks display to celebrate the Bastille Day holiday.
The lorry drove at a high speed for a distance of around 2km through the crowd, according to witnesses and officials.
The driver of the lorry was shot dead by police. He has been formally identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian citizen living legally in Nice who had no known ties to terror groups.
The death toll rose to at least 84 people, including 10 children and adolescents, with around 50 more critically injured, French President François Hollande said Friday.
Hollande said the attack was “clearly of a terrorist nature”. It is being investigated by France’s anti-terror unit.
Hollande said a state of emergency implemented after the November terror attacks in Paris and due to end on July 26 will be extended by another three months.