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Increased security after truck attack

Published:Sunday | July 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM
A couple comfort each other outside the Pasteur Hospital in Nice, southern France, yesterday.


The French interior minister has ordered increased security across France after the Nice truck attack.

The terror attack on a festive Bastille Day crowd in France indiscriminately killed locals and foreigners alike, men, women and children.

The driver of a truck slammed into the festivities last Thursday, taking the lives of 84 people, including six from the same family.

Among those who've been identified were Americans, Germans, Ukrainians, Swiss, Tunisians and a Russian.


Dozens of victims


More than 100 people, including children, remain in hospital.

The victims included David Bonnet, a man who loved hunting and fishing and was the son of a small-town official.

The central French town of Nerondes, where his father is the first deputy mayor, confirmed on its website that Bonnet had died in the attack in Nice.

"This terrible tragedy that has struck the family leaves us in shock there are no words that might comfort them," the site said.

Six of seven family members who gathered in Nice to celebrate Bastille Day and each other's company died in the attack. The sole survivor was too traumatised to talk to the media, local news outlets reported.