Police shot and killed the truck driver, Reuters reported.
The driver’s motive was not immediately clear, but region president Cristian Estrosi said the truck was “loaded with arms and grenades,” according to the Associated Press.
A reporter from Agence France-Presse saw a white truck driving at high speed, hitting pedestrians as crowds had gathered along the promenade to watch a fireworks display for the French holiday.
A French official says the driver drove the truck a mile into the crowd before being shot and killed.
* UPDATE #1 - 9:37 pm:
French President Francois Hollande is scheduled to speak within the hour.
* UPDATE #2 - 10:04 pm:
Nice attack - French President François Hollande addresses nation: "France is horrified"
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* UPDATE #3 - 10:04 pm:
It is being reported that Identity papers belonging to a 31-year-old French-Tunisian were found inside the truck which plowed through a crowd on Bastille Day in Nice, killing 77. The identity papers indicate the man is a resident of Nice.
A police source said...
"The identification of the truck driver is still underway,"
* UPDATE #4 - 11:51 pm:
Local newspaper Nice-Matin reports the man, who has not been named, was a resident of the French Riviera city.
French Interior Ministry spokesperson Pierre-Henry Brandet has stated that...
"Investigations are currently under way to establish if the individual acted alone or if he had accomplices who might have fled,"
As of this update no group has officially claimed responsibility for the attack.
* UPDATE #5 - 11:51 pm:
It is now being reported that the guns and explosives that were found in the back of the killer's truck were "fake" and that the grenade was inert.
* UPDATE #6 - 3:25 am:
It is being reported that truck driver was known to French police for common law crimes such as theft and violence, according to police sources, but not to the intelligence services.
* UPDATE #7 - 3:30 am:
According to French interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brande the death toll has risen to 84 with another 18 in a "critical condition".