BREAKING NEWS: At least 60 feared dead and shots fired as lorry RAMS into crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice leaving bodies strewn across the road in suspected Terror attack
At least 50 people are feared dead and 150 have been injured in a Bastille Day attack in Nice, southern France
Eyewitnesses reported a gunfight between police responding to the attack and suspects at the scene Gunmen are believed to have taken hostages in two hotels and a restaurant in the city according to witnesses
Witnesses said the driver crashed his truck into a group of people, jumped down and opened fire with a gun
Thousands of people were in the city watching Bastille Day fireworks when the attack began
By PETER ALLEN IN PARIS and JAKE POLDEN FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 16:27 EST, 14 July 2016 | UPDATED: 17:29 EST, 14 July 2016
A lorry ran down a large group of people in the southern French city of Nice during a suspected terrorist attack. At least 50 people are feared dead with more than 100 injured during the Bastille Day attack.
Eyewitnesses have reported that hostages have been taken in two hotels and a restaurant in the city.
Gunshots rang out in the streets, with gunmen targeting hotels and cafes in the port city as residents were warned to lock themselves in doors for their safety. Hostages have been taken in a hotel in the city. The RAID anti-terror squad has been deployed to the city.
Hundreds of people were watching fireworks along the promenade when the attack began.
It is believed the gunmen are holding hostages in the Meridien Hotel, the Hotel Negresco and the Buffalo Grill restaurant.
A lorry rammed into a large group of people who were celebrating Bastille Day before gunmen started firing.
A spokesman for the Alpes Maritime prefecture advised locals to ‘stay indoors’ as gunfire was heard, and a lorry was driven into a crowd on the Promenade des Anglais.
Eyewitnesses said there were ‘bodies everywhere’ with at least 100 people injured.
The truck driver is believed to have crashed his vehicle and jumped out and started shooting.
Police are also searching for an accomplice.
At this stage, police are describing the incident as ‘a major criminal attack’.
Sebastian Humbert, prefect for the Alpes – Martime area said: ‘A truck rammed into the crowd over a long distance, which explains this extremely heavy toll.’