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Eighty-four dead as large truck plows through French crowd

Large truck plows through French celebration at top speed, killing 84
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During the festivities of Bastille Day in Nice, France on Thursday night, a large truck plowed through the crowded streets, killing 84 people.

The industrial vehicle the size of a large moving van, drove through barriers and blockades to reach the crowd leaving many dead and several injured in its 1.1 mile destructive path.

Police shot and killed the driver ending his swath of terror. Further investigation of the truck found grenades, and firearms report local media.

No terrorist organization has laid claim to the attack, investigators have named the driver as 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.

Witness at the site claim the truck made a zig-zag pattern at top speed through the crowd, shooting at police as he made his way down Promenade des Anglais in the Southern France region.

This is the latest in a string of deadly violence against the country. In January 2015, 12 people were killed inside the publication headquarters of Charlie Hebdo. In November, an organized city-wide mass shooting killed 130 people.

French President Francois Holland  said this latest attack one of, “an undeniable terrorist nature.”

Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called for three days of national mourning.

The country has been on an official state of emergency since the November shootings, and has now extended that status for another three months.

President Barrack Obama, in statement said, “We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.”

Ironically, hours before the attack, President Holland was planning to announce lift the state of emergency.