BREAKING-FRANTA UNDER ATTACK- 73 DEAD ' after truck crashes into crowd at Bastille Day celebrations in Nice 'terror attack'

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  • Truck crashes into crowd at Bastille Day celebration in Nice
  • 73 people reported killed
  • Fears of terrorism as people flee scene in panic

'We thought they were fireworks because it's the 14th of July'

One eyewitness told France's BFM TV: "Everyone was calling run, run, run there's an attack run, run, run. We heard some shots. We thought they were fireworks because it's the 14th of July.

"There was great panic. We were running too because we didn't want to stick around and we went into a hotel to get to safety. "

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'Bodies everywhere'

Wassim Bouhlel, a Nice native who spoke to the AP near Nice's Promenade du Paillon, said that he saw a truck drive into the crowd and then witnessed the man emerge with a gun and start shooting.

"There was carnage on the road," Bouhlel said. "Bodies everywhere." 

Mayor of Nice tweets

Nice mayor Christian Estrosi, who was at the celebration when it happened, tweeted: "Dear people of Nice, the driver of a truck seems to have left dozens dead. Stay for now in your home. More info to come."

'It's absolute chaos'

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, Peter Allen reports.

Bodies could be seen lying on the floor by the beach, as the police and other emergency services tried to deal with a mass panic. 

Fireworks were filling the night sky as the drama unfolded, as the crowds enjoyed July 14th, which is always a Bank Holiday in France.  

"It is absolute chaos,” said an eye witness who works in the Nice judiciary.

"There are reports of dozens of people killed, and many more injured. Bodies are lying everywhere.

"Police are flooding the streets, including anti-terrorism officers.  Nobody knows what to do, except to hide away. Gunmen are meant to be targeting hotels." 

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The lorry was seen mounting the pavement and piling into anyone the driver could see, ramming over those who tried to run away.

The area around the Promenade is full of hotels and restaurants, which that were all packed at the height of the holiday season. 

Driver of truck 'shot dead'

Reports on French tv that the driver of the truck was shot dead by police.

Witnesses describe there being "bodies everywhere".

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More footage of people fleeing in paniC

30 people reported killed

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Several injured 

Several people have been injured after a vehicle crashed into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day, AFP reports.

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Unconfirmed reports of gunshots in Nice

There are also reports in France that gunshots were heard in Nice.

However, the reports are unconfirmed by French officials and there was a fireworks display as part of the celebrations.

Truck 'crashes into crowd'

Reports that a truck has crashed into a crowd at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, southern France. 

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