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Nice: The man, who rammed a truck into a crowd at a Bastille Day fireworks display in Nice, killing 84, was "totally unknown" to intelligence services, a top French prosecutor said Friday.

French anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins delivers a press conference at the courthouse of Nice on July 15, 2016, a day after a gunman smashed a truck into a crowd of revellers celebrating Bastille Day, killing at least 84 people. Ten children and teenagers were among those killed by a Tunisian-born man who drove a lorry into crowds at a Bastille Day fireworks display in Nice, Molins said on July 15. As well as the 84 dead, 202 people were hurt in Thursday night's attack, Molins told reporters, "of which 10 were children and adolescents". / AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE

French anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins. AFP.

Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was "totally unknown to intelligence services... and was never flagged for signs of radicalisation," said anti-terror prosecutor Francois Molins.

Molins, who is leading the investigation into the massacre in Nice, also said the attack was "exactly in line with the constant calls to kill" which jihadi terror groups regularly make.

Authorities said Tunisian-born Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, zigzagged a truck through the crowd in the French Riviera city killing at least 10 children and teenager, and injuring 202 people.

French President Francois Hollande has said the attack was of an "undeniable terrorist nature".

First Published On : Jul 15, 2016 21:56 IST

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