This is heartbreaking to see happen over and over again. So much evil and hate, it’s sickening. Pray for France.
Eyewitnesses have described the horrific moment a lorry ploughed into a crowd of revellers celebrating Bastille Day this evening, killing at least 73 people.
An eyewitness said he saw the lorry driver slam his vehicle into a crowd of people watching the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice and then emerge shooting, killing even more bystanders.
In addition to an estimated 73 people dead a further 150 are believed to have been injured in the incident, although both numbers are likely to rise.
Eyewitnesses say there was an exchange of gunfire in the aftermath of the incident before the driver was shot dead.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to unconfirmed reports in the French media. A second suspect is currently on the run according to French authorities.
One eyewitness told BFM TV: ‘Everyone was calling run, run, run there’s an attack run, run, run. We heard some shots. We thought they were fireworks because it’s the 14th of July.
‘There was great panic. We were running too because we didn’t want to stick around and we went into a hotel to get to safety. ‘
Harjit Sarang, 42, a surrogacy lawyer from London, was in the city with her husband and two young sons, aged six and nine.
She said on Twitter: ‘Running through crowds in Nice with kids and terrified. Never taking kids to a public event again. Finally back to hotel. Hate this ! #nice.
‘Can’t stop shaking. Hate that my boys had to experience this. Why did I take them. Why did they do this and why the f*** is this happening!’
Briton Colin Srivastava was near the city centre when the incident unfolded.
He told the BBC: ‘We were sitting just in front of the old town and saw several hundred people running towards us looking panic stricken.
‘One said “you need to go, the police have told us to run.” Then ‘the police came running along and said “run now” but we had no idea what as going on.
‘Then we heard about a lorry that cannoned into the crowd. There were also shots fired.’
British holidaymaker Esther Serwah, 59, was staying in a hotel a short walk from the scene.
She said she had been on her way to the Promenade des Anglais for dinner with her daughters when people started screaming at her.
Mrs Serwah, from Warlingham in Surrey, said: ‘I was just walking to the Promenade and then I saw everybody running and I just didn’t know what was going on.
‘People were screaming at me in French but I didn’t understand.
‘Some people were lying on the streets dead and people were running over the bodies.
‘Everybody was saying it’s a terrorist attack. It’s just horrible, horrible, horrible.
‘I’m in shock. I’m still shaking.’