At least 80 people were killed Thursday night when a truck leaned through crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice. French President François Hollande proclaimed that the attack, which also left 18 people in critical condition and plenty more injured, was likely an act of terrorism.
Police killed the driver Eric Ciotti after an exchange of gunfire. Damien Allemand, a journalist for ‘Nice Matin’ said –
An enormous white truck came along at a crazy speed, turning the wheel to mow down the maximum number of people. I saw bodies flying like bowling pins along its route, Heard noises, cries that I will never forget. There was complete carnage on the road!
— Ned Price (NARA) (@Price44) July 14, 2016
It’s still unknown whether the attacks are linked to any organized effort or terrorist group. But Hillary Clinton, speaking to CNN by phone Thursday on the subject, said that it’s clear we are at war with terrorist groups. She added, “Progress in Syria and Iraq thanks to air strikes has created an “urgent desire” in ISIS to inflict terrorist damage elsewhere.” 18 months before, similar sort of attack took place in Paris where 130 people were killed.