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Truck driver in Nice attack shot and killed

The driver of a truck that plowed into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, late Thursday night was shot and killed, a local official told a French radio station.

The attack left at least 84 people dead and 100 injured. The sub-prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes department, Sébastien Humbert, told BFMTV "there was a truck that drove into the crowd, over a very long distance. There were shots. The driver was shot. This is on a big scale." The driver has not been identified.

One witness told iTele the truck "crushed everyone in its path." He said he saw two men exit the vehicle and start "shooting into the crowd, about 50 shots." Another witness, an Iranian journalist named Maryam Violet, told The Guardian the truck ran people over after a fireworks show at the Promenade des Anglais ended. "It was clear that the driver was doing it deliberately," she said, adding that she she saw dead bodies "all over the place," covered with blue sheets. A spokesman for the French Interior Ministry says despite reports, there is currently no hostage situation in Nice.