Nice Attack: Indian present at the site of incident describes massacre in tweets

Kartik, an Indian was in Lenvel Park, Nice celebrating Bastille day as a truck ploughed through the crowd and killed 84 people. He described the entire incident in a series of tweets.

According to his tweets, towards the end of the Bastille Day celebration in Lenval Park, Kartik heard a 'loud bang'.

He saw a truck speeding at 60 kilo meter per hour and initially thought that it was a drunk driver but then he saw the lorry smashing people. A stampede followed. Amidst the paranoia, Kartik described some grueling images of the injured victims.

"A guy in blue who lay crooked on the promenade after the lorry trailed over him. Pray that he and all other affected are okay," Kartik said.

According to his Twitter profile, Kartik is a studying to be an economist.

The attacker killed at least 84 people and injured scores when he drove the truck at high speed into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday.

Counter-terrorist investigators leading the probe, into the attack said weapons and grenades were found inside the truck.

Police shot and killed the driver, who drove the 25-tonne, unmarked, truck for well over 100 metres (yards) along the famed Promenade des Anglais seafront, slamming into a mass of spectators late in the evening, regional government official Sebastien Humbert told France Info radio.

French President Francois Hollande vowed to strengthen his France's role in the fight against the Islamic State group after the deadly Nice attack, which is yet to be claimed by any group.

"Nothing will make us yield in our will to fight terrorism. We will further strengthen our actions in Iraq and in Syria. We will continue striking those who attack us on our own soil," he said, in reference to the Islamic State group.

He also said he had called on reservists to boost the ranks of police and gendarmes. France's "operational reservists" include French citizens with or without military experience as well as former soldiers.

He also extended the state of emergency in France for another three months after the truck attack in Nice.


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Updated Date: Jul 15, 2016 14:48:38 IST

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