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Spain calls emergency summit over Nice terrorist attack
15 July 2016 @ 19:22

SPANISH politicians have expressed their condolences following the terrorist attack in Nice, France and published a helpline telephone number for Spaniards in the city who need to contact their embassy.

A lorry thought to have been driven by a DAESH terrorist – believed to be a 31-year-old Tunisian man with French citizenship – mowed down a crowd of bystanders watching the July 14 firework display as part of the 'Bastille Day' or Quatorze Juillet celebrations, a huge national fiesta.

At least 84 people, including several children, have been killed in the attack on the Avenue des Anglaises, which was staged at 22.30hrs last night (Wednesday).

The driver was shot dead by police after deliberately ploughing through two kilometres' worth of spectators and, afterwards, residents in Nice were ordered to stay inside their homes as the city went into lockdown.

Police say the lorry was full of weapons.

Among the most poignant and distressing images shown in the media of the attack is the body of a little girl, covered in a sheet, with her doll still in her hand.

Spain's foreign office says at present it is not aware of any Spanish nationals being among the victims, but the country has reinforced border control just in case any other terrorists working in collaboration with the lorry driver are attempting to flee south, or planning further attacks on national territory.

The Spanish embassy in Nice has given two phone numbers – (0033) 61 59 38 701 for Consular assistance, and (0033) 4 93 72 22 22 for anyone who wants to check up on friends or family members in the city.


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