On Thursday, the French people celebrated Bastille Day, a day of independence commemorating the storming of Bastille prison during the French Revolution in 1789, a terrorist struck. Thousands were gathered in the French Riviera town of Nice to watch fireworks when suddenly, a man driving a semi-truck began driving into the crowd, reportedly shouting Allahu Akbar, sending bodies flying like bowling pins.
The man drove at a high rate of speed for one mile before engaging in gunfire with police and ultimately ending up dead. The body count is now up to 84. In addition, 25 people are life support, 52 are in critical condition and a total of 202 people overall were wounded. Many of the victims were children.
Yesterday, we learned that the man was a resident of Nice, France but was of Tunisian descent and had Tunisian citizenship. Tunisia has become a hotbed for terrorism. This morning, we have learned the terrorist’s name.
NBC News has identified the Muslim terrorist as 31-year-old Mohamed Lagouaiej Bouhlel.
Nice-Matin reports that Bouhlel’s ex-wife has been taken into custody by authorities this morning.
France has been under a state of emergency ever since the highly coordinated terrorist attack by Muslim terrorists in Paris in November 2015. Over 130 people were killed in those attacks , for which ISIS took responsibility, with more than 350 injured. The UK Daily Mail reported that ISIS took responsibility for this one as well. ISIS supporters on social media praised the terrorist attack by Bouhlel.
The state of emergency in France has been extended another three months. France will observe three days of official mourning.
UPDATE – July 15, 12:00 pm Eastern
The first image of the Muslim terrorist who killed 84 people in Nice, France with a semi-truck has been released.
MORE: First image of what is believed to be an ID card of Nice, France attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel pic.twitter.com/x07G0kUBLM
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