A large truck rammed into a crowd gathered for Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice on Thursday night, killing at least 84 people and injuring at least 202, French officials said. Ten of the dead were children. Officials said the driver fired on the crowd and was shot to death by police. Two Americans were among the victims of the attack, and a third was missing.

[ Texas father and his 11-year-old son among the dead in Nice attack; California student missing]

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The attack

started when the truck breached

barriers at the Rue Lenval along the

Promenade des Anglais

Victims were found in

different spots along the sea walk

The truck headed

east until it stopped

near Rue du

Congrès

500 feet

Mediterranean Sea

500 feet

Victims were found in different spots along the sea walk

The truck headed

east until it stopped

near Rue du

Congrès

The attack started when the truck breached barriers at the Rue Lenval along the Promenade des Anglais

500 feet

Mediterranean Sea

The attack started when the truck breached barriers at the Rue Lenval along the Promenade des Anglais

Victims were found in different spots along the sea walk

Some injured

were assisted at

the Negresco Hotel

The truck headed

east until it stopped

near Rue du

Congrès

Mediterranean Sea

500 feet

The truck headed east until it stopped near Rue du Congrès

The attack started when the truck breached barriers at the Rue Lenval along the Promenade des Anglais

Victims were found in different spots along the sea walk

Some injured

were assisted at

the Negresco Hotel

The truck struck the crowd at about 10:30 p.m. local time on the Promenade des Anglais, a wide boulevard along the Mediterranean coast in the center of the city. Thousands had gathered to celebrate a national holiday, the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. Witnesses said the truck zigzagged along the road, targeting pedestrians; bodies were strewn for more than a mile.

French President François Hollande addressed the country at nearly 4 a.m. Friday local time, saying he would extend a state of emergency for three months and would "show real force" in Syria and Iraq. "France is afflicted, but she is strong," he said. "And she will always be stronger, I assure you, than the fanatics that want to strike her today."

Bullet holes dot the truck’s windshield. The driver was shot to death by police after he fired on the crowd, officials said. (Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images)

An image from a video shows people running from the scene after the truck drove into the crowd. (Harp Detective via AP)

What we know about the driver

French police officials identified the driver as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, a Nice resident who was born in Tunisia. Bouhlel “radicalized his views very rapidly,” French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Saturday. The French prosecutor said he had previous misdemeanor convictions but no known link to extremist groups.

The Islamic-State-connected Amaq news agency said Bouhlel “executed the operation in response to calls to target citizens of coalition nations that fight the Islamic State.” It is unclear whether the group played any active role in planning the attack or training Bouhlel.

What we know about the truck

The 19-ton Renault cargo truck was rented Monday from the Via Location rental agency just outside Nice, according to a woman at the agency who said she was not authorized to give her name. Police found additional arms inside, along with Bouhlel’s ID, a cellphone and his credit card.

Renault Midlum cargo truck

Similar to the one used in the attack

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feet

Renault Midlum cargo truck

Similar to the one used in the attack

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feet

Renault Midlum cargo truck

Similar to the one used in the attack

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Tragedy occurred in an idyllic setting

Local media said the attack started when the truck breached barriers at the Rue Lenval and zigzagged along the iconic Promenade des Anglais for more than a mile. It stopped at Rue du Congrès in front of the Palais de la Méditerranée hotel.

The promenade was built in 1822 and named “Walkway of the English” after English aristocrats who wintered there and financed its construction. Palm trees line the wide, 2.5-mile-long boulevard on the beach, the site of many annual festivals and other events. Luxury hotels and apartments overlook the street, such as the 103-year-old Hotel Negresco, which became a makeshift field hospital after the attack.

[ Nice’s famed promenade — a timeless scene of beauty, then a scene of horror]

Fifteen years of terror attacks in Western Europe

Hollande characterized Thursday night’s assault as a terrorist attack. If that proves true, it would be the eighth such attack in Western Europe since 2000 in which more than 10 people were killed.

2000

Zug,

Switzerland

14 dead

 

Madrid

191

 

2005

London

52

2010

Oslo and Utoya,

Norway

77

Paris

12

2015

Paris

130

Brussels

32

Nice,

France

84

Zug,

Switzerland

14 dead

 

Oslo and Utoya,

Norway

77

London

52

Paris

12

Paris

130

2000

2005

2010

2015

Nice,

France

84

Madrid

191

 

Brussels

32

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