The paper published a photograph of a damaged, long-distance delivery truck, which it said was riddled with bullets and images of emergency services treating the injured. Social media carried images of those hit lying apparently lifeless in pools of blood, prompting police to ask people to stop such posts.The driver was shot and killed by police. He must have been in the truck when they arrived, or there would not have been any reason for the bullet holes in the truck windshield.
Early reports say that the driver also fired at the crowd, and that weapons and grenades were found in the truck. There are reports of an accomplice.
The man had opened fire on the crowd, local government chief Christian Estrosi told BFM TV, and weapons and grenades were found inside the truck after he was killed.Early reports are often wrong, but the heavy death toll and the truck riddled with bullet holes make the truck's role clear.
From the view of terrorists, this was a very effective and cheap attack. It only required one jihadi and the ability to steal, buy, or rent a truck. I expect copycat attacks in the rest of the world, including the United States.
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