Why has terrorism grown so big that it’s almost normal to hear of terrorist attacks weekly around the globe?
Thursday night was indeed a black night when a large truck plowed through a Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France, in what President Francois Hollande called a terror attack.
According to eyewitness accounts, bodies were sent flying into the air as the heavy-duty white transport vehicle hit them on the Promenade des Anglais at about 10:30 p.m. local time, where people had gathered to watch fireworks by the Nice seafront. Videos taken by bystanders show the truck zigzagging as the driver apparently sought to hit as many people as possible as he drove along more than a mile of crowded road. Images from the scene show bodies sprawled along stretches of road. Local paper Nice-Matin reports the drive lasted 45 seconds.
The driver reportedly also opened fire on the crowd, and was killed in a shootout with police. Photographs show the windshield of the truck riddled with bullet holes after it was brought to a halt.
The driver first shot a gun into the crowd before driving two kilometers along the Promenade des Anglais, the main street in Nice, mowing down people who had gathered to watch fireworks, regional President Christian Estrosi told CNN affiliate BFM-TV.
Details have begun to emerge in local media about the Assailant Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who was identified after documents were discovered in the truck. A French prosecutor confirmed the identity of Bouhlel Friday, identifying him as a 31-year-old Tunisian national who lived in France.
The prosecutor said Bouhlel was known to the police for assault and theft but was not on the radar of intelligence agencies. Bouhlel had a wife and family. France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve says Bouhlel “seems to have become radicalized very quickly,” according to the Associated Press.
His wife was arrested early Friday and is being questioned by authorities. It is not yet known whether Bouhlel had any accomplices.It was absolutely easy for officers to attribute the attack to terrorism.
As usual, when ever a terrorist activity comes up a terrorist group would always claim responsibility. This is not an exception as The ISIS claimed the attack in a statement on its news media outlet saying the “executor of the deadly operation” was their “soldier” according to the SITE Intelligence Group. Observers monitoring terrorist groups said that both ISIS and al-Qaeda have asked their followers to use vehicles as weapons. After all, Multiple attack in this city had been linked as well to the ISIS.
The death toll of the attack is still rising, but France’s interior ministry has reportedly said so far 84 deaths have been confirmed. A French prosecutor said Friday that 202 people were wounded in the attack: 25 are on life support, 52 are in critical condition including children. Victims include nationals from Switzerland, Morocco, the U.S,, Russia and Armenia and a few countries around the globe.
“France has been struck on the day of her national holiday … the symbol of liberty,” Hollande said, according to the Guardian. “France as a whole is under the threat of Islamic terrorism. We have to demonstrate absolute vigilance and show determination that is unfailing.”
Other Countries has joined in the mourning, Leaders around the world responded to the attack, and Twitter users were using the hashtag #PrayForNice. “We cannot let ourselves be divided by religion because that’s exactly what the terrorists want,” President Barack Obama said openly, on Friday.