A truck plowed into a large crowd of people in Nice, France, on Thursday, killing at least 75 people and wounding many more in attendance at the annual Bastille Day fireworks celebration. Witnesses reported hearing gun shots coming from the vehicle. A Nice official, Christian Estrosi told BFM TV that the truck was full of firearms and grenades.
The New York Times is reporting that a French administrative official of the Alpes-Maritimes department, Sébastien Humbert, told a French news source:
“There are several dozen dead. The total is very high, thirty dead. Maybe 100 wounded. There was a truck that drove into the crowd, over a very long distance. There were shots. The driver was shot. This is on a big scale.”
French authorities are treating the incident as an attack and instructing people to stay home. France has been on high alert after several recent terrorist attacks including attacks on the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in November, 2015.
The U.S. Department of State issued a warning ahead of the European Soccer Championship from June 10 – July 10, urging U.S. citizens overseas to be extra vigilant. France has been the target of two large scale coordinated terrorist attacks carried out by the Islamic State or ISIS in Paris in 2015 and in January, 2016. There have been several recent smaller attacks across France. Earlier this year, ISIS released several videos threatening to strike American cities in retaliation for the U.S. intervention in Syria.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."