Following deadly rampage in France, Dayton orders flags be lowered


Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of those injured and killed during the attack in Nice, France.

This comes after President Barack Obama ordered flags on all public buildings and military posts to be lowered through Tuesday.

The incident happened Thursday evening as a crowd gathered for the Bastille Day holiday.

The news service AFP reports a 25-ton truck barrelled along the French Riveria’s famed Promenade des Anglais for a distance of two kilometers – 1.3 miles – sending hundreds of people who had just watched holiday fireworks fleeing and leaving bodies strewn in the area.

Footage of the truck accelerating down the beachfront road has been posted to social media.

The New York Times says that 84 people were killed in the rampage and 202 were injured.

France's President Francois Hollande described the events as a terror attack, according to CNN.

The station adds that the president wants to extend an existing state of emergency by three months. It was initially set to expire later this month following the Paris attacks last November.

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