Attack in Nice: Driver of truck fired pistol several times, says official

French police and forensic officers stand next to the truck that ploughed into the crowd on the Promenade des Anglais. PHOTO: REUTERS

NICE (AFP) - The truck driver who rammed his vehicle into a massive crowd in Nice fired a pistol several times before being shot dead by police, a local official said on Friday (July 15).

"At the moment that he was shot dead by police, he had fired several times," said president of the region Christian Estrosi.

A source close to the investigation said an "inactive" grenade was found inside the 19-tonne truck, as well as "several fake rifles".

Regional lawmaker Eric Ciotti described "terrifying images, a scene of absolute horror, with many children among the dead".

"Families who were sharing a moment of leisure were targeted. It was a symbolic day in a symbolic place. That... motivated the attack," he said.

At least 84 people were killed in the attack when the truck barrelled into a crowd after a fireworks display for Bastille Day.

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