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French official: 80 dead, 18 critically hurt in truck attack on Bastille Day celebrators

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U.S. President Barack Obama has condemned what he says "appears to be a horrific terrorist attack" in Nice. U.S. President Barack Obama has condemned what he says "appears to be a horrific terrorist attack" in Nice.
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French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 80 people have died in the truck attack on the seaside avenue of Nice, and 18 people are in critical condition.
    
Numerous others have been wounded, he said after traveling to the scene.
    
"The identification of the criminal is in progress," he said, refusing to confirm reports that an ID card was found after police shot the truck driver dead.
    
"We are in a war with terrorists who want to strike us at any price and in a very violent way," the minister said.

The president of the Nice region, Christian Estrosi, says the truck was loaded with arms and grenades, and that the driver of the truck has now been killed by police. Estrosi told BFM TV that "the driver fired on the crowd, according to the police who killed him."
    
Estrosi said the truck was driven by someone who appeared to have "completely premeditated behavior." He added that "the truck was loaded with arms, loaded with grenades."

A few hours after the attack, the White House released a statement from President Obama, who called it a "horrific terrorist attack." The statement says, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed."

Obama is offering French officials "any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice."

Writing online, Nice Matin journalist Damien Allemand who was at the waterside said the fireworks display had finished and the crowd had got up to leave when they heard a noise and cries.
    
"A fraction of a second later, an enormous white truck came along at a crazy speed, turning the wheel to mow down the maximum number of people," he said.
    
"I saw bodies flying like bowling pins along its route. Heard noises, cries that I will never forget."
    
Allemand said people took shelter in a nearby restaurant, where he continued to hear people shouting for missing family members. He ventured out and saw bodies, blood and body parts all along the road.
    
"This evening, it was horror," Allemand concluded.
    
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