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Truck attacker kills 73 in Nice on Bastille Day

Truck attacker kills 73 in Nice on Bastille Day

An attacker killed at least 73 people and injured scores when he drove a truck at high speed into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday, local media quoted officials as saying.

Almost exactly eight months ago ISIS militants killed 130 people in Paris on Nov. 13, the bloodiest in a number of attacks in France and Belgium in the past two years.

French President Francois Hollande, who was in the south of France at the time of the attack but raced back to Paris to the national crisis centre, had hours earlier said that a state of emergency put in place after the Paris attacks in November would not be extended when it expires on July 26 .