Vehicle ploughs into crowd in French city of Nice in possible attack - AFP

Orient Net - AFP | 2016-07-15 01:25 Damascuss

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A van ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera city of Nice on Thursday, killing 73 and injuring  more than 100 several people and sparking panic in what local officials said could be an attack.

Security forces and ambulances raced to the scene, and authorities from the local Alpes-Maritimes prefecture urged residents to stay indoors.

An AFP reporter described seeing a white van driving at high speed onto the famed Promenade des Anglais as people were leaving after the annual Bastille Day celebration display.

"We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around," he said, adding that the incident took place near the city’s famed Hotel Negresco.

Terrified pedestrians screamed as they fled the area. "It was absolute chaos," he said.

A huge security cordon was established closing off the central Place Massena by 2330 GMT, another AFP correspondent said.