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Truck driver believed to be from Tunisia

dpadpa 15/07/2016

The truck driver who ploughed into a crowd watching fireworks in Nice and shot at bystanders is believed to be a French citizen of Tunisian origin.

The driver of a truck that ploughed through pedestrians in southern France also opened fire with a handgun before he was shot dead by police, news agency AFP reports.

News reports said several of the casualties had suffered gunshot wounds or were crushed in the stampede.

The suspect also had rifles or shotguns and grenades in the cab of the rented vehicle, but those appeared to be fake, according to news broadcaster BFMTV.

Inside the truck, in addition to various weapons and grenades, an ID card belonging to a 31-year-old man was found.

Local newspaper Nice Matin reports that the French ID card could correspond to a local of Tunisian origin, although this information has not been officially confirmed.

The truck's driver was killed in a shootout with police at the scene.

The attack seemed so far to be the work of a lone assailant.

Police were working to establish what accomplices he may have had in a city with a reputation for Islamist activism.

There had been no claim of responsibility made almost six hours after the attack.

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