• A truck rammed into the crowd celebrating Bastille Day national holiday in France, killing 80 people
• ISIS supporters celebrated the carnage on social media
• ISIS has yet to claim responsibility for the attack
Pro-ISIS group celebrated on social media the horrific attack in Nice, France that killed at least 80 people and injured 100 others more during the celebration of Bastille Day national holiday.
According to the Daily Mail, although no terrorist group has yet claimed responsibility for the carnage, supporters of the Islamic State flooded the pro-ISIS channels on the secure messaging app Telegram with anti-French images celebrating the attack.
One of the images superimposed the head of French president François Hollande onto a man being grabbed by the throat by an apparent ISIS fighter.
An ISIS supporter took to Twitter to post this message: “The number of those killed had reached 62 French crusaders and sinful infidels in Nice, France.. God is great, God is great.”
On Thursday night, July 14, thousands of people gathered at the famed Promenade des Anglais seafront at the French Riviera City of Nice to watch fireworks display when a huge truck appeared and rammed the people on the street; killing 80 people and injuring 100 more.
Witnesses said they saw bodies flying like bowling pins two to three meters high into the air when the truck driver, who drove at high speed, rammed his vehicle into the crowd.
After the truck was stopped by the police, the driver got down the vehicle and started firing at people before he was gunned down. Police found grenades, firearms and explosives in the truck.
The driver, whose name was withheld, was a 31-year-old man from Nice of Tunisian origin. A second suspect was reportedly on the run.
World leaders expressed solidarity with France
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “Canadians are shocked by tonight’s attack in Nice. Our sympathy is with the victims, and our solidarity with the French people.”
Brazilian President Michel Temer tweeted: “It is regrettable that on the day [that] eternalized fraternity as the motto of the French people, an attack destroyed the lives of so many citizens.”
US President Barack Obama said: “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. We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.”