At least 74 have been killed and 100 injured after a suspected terrorist ploughed a lorry into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in France.
Witnesses reported an exchange of gunfire in the aftermath of the incident which happened shortly after 10.30pm on the Promenade des Anglais .
The incident happened in the southern city of Nice on the French Riviera, where crowds had gathered for a firework display for the French national day.
Videos posted online showed panicked people running from the scene in fear, while witnesses reported terrified onlookers throwing themselves into the sea to escape the crush of bodies.
Victims were reportedly mown down over a 2km stretch of road, with some eye witnesses describing an exchange of gunfire between the driver and the police.
And photos emerging of what appeared to be the bullet-riddled windscreen of the abandoned lorry in the middle of the road seemed to confirm the reports of a shootout.
One witness told French TV station he had seen a gunman firing into the crowd.
The man told BFM TV: “It’s total panic. We saw a white lorry which drove directly into people on the Promenade des Anglais.
“A gunman fired into the crowd before being shot by police.
“Perhaps they are dead, I’m not sure.”
The driver was killed, but there have been reports of a second man on the run in the city.
The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, urged citizens to stay in their homes, amid fears there was a terrorist on the loose.
Estrosi said: “Dear Nice locals, the driver of the truck seems to have caused dozens of deaths.
“Stay in your homes for now. More information to come.”
Shocking images appearing on social media showed people lying motionless on the ground after the terrifying incident.
Others showed people receiving medical treatment in a chilling echo of the Paris and Brussels terror attacks.
Meanwhile, Facebook has activated its Safety Check for those concerned about the safety of their loved ones.
One witness, named only as Kevin, said the attack came just as the fireworks came to an end.
SOURCE: TOM MICHAEL