Mass casualties are reported after a truck drove through a Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France, and the city's mayor urged people to stay home, saying there were "dozens" of deaths:
Cher niçois, le chauffeur d'un camion semble avoir fait des dizaines de morts. Restez pour le moment à votre domicile. Plus d'infos à venir
— Christian Estrosi (@cestrosi) July 14, 2016
Translated, the tweet reads roughly: "Dear Nice residents, the driver of a truck appears to have left dozens dead. Stay inside your home for now. More info to come." A video from the scene showed panicked people running:
People running away from scene in #Nice (#France) after vehicle hit crowd, unclear if terrorist attack pic.twitter.com/XRQ8zrZG2J
— Roeland Roovers (@r0eland) July 14, 2016
Residents reported hearing gunfire at the same time as the apparent attack, and a local newspaper (the Nice-Matin) released a photograph of the truck with what appear to be bullet holes in its windshield:
Bastille Day is France's national day, with crowds turning out in the streets by the millions to celebrate the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789.