Nice, France (AP) – The driver of the truck that killed at least 84 people in the southern French city of Nice is identified as Mohamed Bouhlel.
Police say he was a 31-year-old Tunisian man who’d been living in Nice. The rampage ended when police killed the armed man in a hail of bullets. France’s president says it’s not clear whether he had accomplices.
Police officials had earlier said identity papers found alongside the attacker belonged to a Frenchman of Tunisian descent with previous misdemeanor convictions but no known link to extremist groups.
Meanwhile, speaking after a visit to a hospital in Nice, French President Francois Hollande said that some 50 people were between life and death following a gruesome truck attack that has already killed 84 people.
Hollande, looking somber and flanked by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, said that “it’s to hit France that this individual committed this terrorist act.”
Hollande says the truck attack was done “to satisfy the cruelty of an individual, and maybe a group.”
He also said that France was “facing a struggle which will be long.”