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Truck slams into Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France; 84 killed

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Dozens of people are dead and scores are injured in Nice, France, after an attacker drove a truck into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day holiday Thursday evening.

According to Reuters, French officials were saying at least 84 people had been killed. The driver – 31 years old, described as a "Tunisian-born Frenchman"– was shot and killed by police.

The news service AFP reports the 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.

The lobby of a nearby hotel was being used as a makeshift hospital to treat the injured.

One witness told CNN he could see 70 to 100 emergency vehicles at the scene. Tony Molina told the network bodies were covered in blue tarps so the emergency vehicles would not run over them.

A U.S. official who'd been briefed on the attack told CNN preliminary information from French investigators is that there was only one person in the truck.

Authorities said the truck was found to be loaded with weapons and grenades, the Guardian reports, and that the driver was firing shots at the crowd.

Joel Fenster, a 23-year-old student from London told the Telegraph he heard gunshots as he was running away from the beach.

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

Statement from Obama; postponement by Trump

President Obama said in a statement: "On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians."

Obama says the U.S. has offered any assistance the French may need in investigating the attack. "We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack," the president said. 

The attack also led Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to postpone his plan to announce his running mate, which had been scheduled for Friday morning.

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