An attacker has killed almost 100 people and injured more than 100 others in France by driving a large truck at high speed into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice.
Speaking on the national July 14 holiday, President Francois Hollande confirmed that the state of emergency which France declared after last November’s deadly Paris attacks will come to an end later this month.
He added that the decree after the November 13 attacks will not be renewed beyond July 26, because a law bolstering security in France was adopted in May. In his own words:
“We had to prolong the state of emergency until we could be sure that the law gives us the means to counter the terrorist threat effectively.” … “We can’t prolong the state of emergency forever. That would make no sense, it would mean that we were no longer a republic with laws which can apply in all circumstances.”
Unfortunately, after the attack, this announcement was reversed and the state of emergency was extended for 3 months in France.
Police finally shot and killed the attacker after he drove for about 2 kilometres. The mayor of Nice in France revealed that the attacker first fired shots at the crowd before driving through it in Promenade des Anglais.
The truck was reportedly driven for 1+ mile before running into the crowd. Police have found firearms, explosives and grenades in the truck. The driver or attacker has been identified as a 31-year-old France muslim man who originated from Tunisia.
The above incident has made Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump, to postpone the nomination of his running mate which was initially scheduled for tomorrow.
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