Nice Attack: UN Chief, UNSC condemn the massacre in France

According to police sources and French media reports, the refrigerated truck used in the attack, which killed at least 84 people and injured hundreds more when it drove into crowds on the city's Promenade des Anglais, was rented two days ago in nearby Saint-Laurent-du-Var.

Leaders from across the world on Friday expressed sympathy with the people of France and condemned the incident.

"What many people have speculated is that as Iraq and Syria become less of a state for IS, they are resorting to more terrorism overseas, nearly trying to compensate for their losses, by lashing out in Europe and elsewhere". In the early hours of Friday, the truck itself sat finally immobilized in front of the luxury Palais de la Mediterranee hotel, badly damaged with its tyres burst and multiple bullet holes in its windscreen.

- Investigators recover ID papers from the truck and later say the driver is Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian man with a record of criminal offences, but who was "totally unknown" to French intelligence services.

A Paris prosecutor said Friday that 84 people were killed, 202 were wounded in the attack with 25 on life support and 52 in critical condition.

This is a timeline of the attack that French President Francois Hollande has declared was of "an undeniable terrorist nature".

"Using vehicles in attacks is a fairly well-established tactic with al-Qaida and the Islamic State group", said Matthew Henman, managing editor at IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre.

"This individual may well have either been inspired by or had links to Isis, but we do not know for sure". "We were trying to speak to the driver to get him to stop".

Hours after the attack in Nice, Hollande tore up just-announced plans to end a state of emergency in place since the November 13 shootings and bombings in Paris, instead extending it another three months. In Downing Street and in other locations around the world, French flags were flown at half-mast flags across the world.

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"He is a terrorist, probably linked to radical Islam one way or another", Valls told France 2 television.

"I am very confident that, despite all the difficulties, we will win this fight", she added.

Nader El Shafei, who witnessed the attack at close range, told the BBC the driver appeared nervous. She added that Britain was investigating if there were any Britons involved in the attack.

The Tunisian government issued a statement condemning the attack "in the strongest possible terms".

He said that three other Canadian students had begun heading toward the promenade earlier in the evening, but turned around due to bad weather.

The president of the European Commission - the executive arm of the European Union - Jean-Claude Juncker, extended solidarity with France on behalf of the bloc. "[France] is strong. She will always be stronger, I assure you, than the fanatics that want to attack her today".

France's most recent tragedy, Nobili said, was not a focus at the party.

"We had news that fugitives could have headed for Italy, but we have no concrete evidence for now", a police officer was quoted as saying by ANSA. Hollande announced a three-month extension to the state of emergency imposed after the November 13 attacks on Paris that killed 130 victims and the government declared three days of national mourning to begin Saturday. "He stands firmly by the French Government and people as they confront this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and worldwide efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism", the statement said.

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