86 people are dead and another 150 severely injured in a suspected terror attack in Nice, France.
Eyewitness reports say a truck plowed through a crowd of people who were out celebrating Bastille Day in Southern France. The truck continued plowing over the people for over a mile, once it stopped a gunman reportedly jumped out of the truck and began to open fire on the crowd at the seafront Promenade des Anglais.
The gunman was shot dead by police but there were reports that an accomplice had fled. Christian Estrosi, president of the region, says the truck in Nice was loaded with arms and grenades.
ISIS immediately took to social media to celebrate the apparent terrorist attack as retaliation for the death of Abu Omar al-Shishani—the terror group’s so-called “minister of war”—who was killed earlier this year by coalition forces while fighting in Iraq.
On Twitter ISIS released the following statement:
“This is the beginning of the attack to take the holy revenge for the killing of Abu Omar Shishani, may Allah accept him,” a jihadi posted on the ISIS al-Minbar forum shortly after the attack. Another supporter posted on Twitter: “The spark of the attacks on the name of Abu Omar Shishani has just begun from France, the next will be worse and bitter.”
FRANCE: BREAKING: Vehicle drives into crowd during Bastille Day festivities in city of Nice, casualties reported. pic.twitter.com/qphCwMJJ4C
— KolHaolam (@KolHaolam) July 14, 2016
— Nice-Matin (@Nice_Matin) July 14, 2016
Two weeks before the Nice attack, French authorities announced they were increasing the amount of security being deployed for the holiday season. CRS riot police, who were previously not allowed to carry firearms, were deployed throughout the area with firearms and bulletproof vests for the first time.
The change in policy came two weeks after an unarmed French police chief and his partner were killed in a stabbing in front of their house outside Paris. Isis claimed responsibility for that attack, which sparked a debate in France about whether the police forces should be allowed to carry firearms outside working hours.