A Chinese tourist on holiday in Nice has shared her account of the attack which killed at least 84 and injured many more.
Yesterday evening a truck loaded with firearms, explosives and grenades ploughed into a crowd which had congregated along the Promenade des Anglais to celebrate Bastille Day. The attack took place shortly after the end of a firework display on the seafront to mark the national holiday.
Eyewitnesses say that a truck driver fired a gunshot before proceeding to drive into a startled crowd of revelers. Police rushed to the scene and eventually subdued the driver.
One Chinese eyewitness posted her harrowing ordeal to Weibo, in which she describes the aftermath of the attack:
I was horrified by the attack but we’re safe in my hotel room. We were enjoying a delicious dinner around 10:40 p.m. at a Michelin-starred restaurant on Promenade des Anglais. Everyone was having a great time, celebrating Bastille Day. Fireworks bursting into the dark sky, we were watching it while drinking wine. We wanted to take a walk outside the restaurant. Suddenly, a large group of people were screaming and fleeing for safety. I was so scared because everything on the street was so chaotic. People covered with blood stormed into the restaurant in a disheveled state. When asked what had happened on the street, they stuttered in shock: terror attack and chaos. I was so terrified that I could feel my heart racing in my chest (even now in my hotel room). We arrived at the hotel lobby and the staff wouldn’t allow anyone to leave, insisting that we must stay together. 15 minutes later, an evacuation was carried out by the staff. I pieced together the whole attack from what I’ve gathered: During the firework show, the truck plowed through the crowd, killing at least 10 people. Police killed the driver. The attack was within a hundred meters of the restaurant and we would have been the ones running for our dear lives if the restaurant had offered quick service (I was in high heels, how could I run?) Earlier today we were watching the military parade with strangers on the street, even smiling with them. Now some of them are dead. Disaster can happen in a flash.
Xi Jinping condemned the violent attack, sending his condolences to the victims. Xi emphasized that China opposes terrorism in any forms, wishing to cooperate with France to fight against terrorism.
U.S. President Barack Obama made an official statement, proclaiming that “we stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.”
Leaders from countries all over the world also expressed sympathy and condolence towards the victims on twitter, denouncing the catastrophic attack.
In light of the heartbreaking news from Nice, I am cancelling today's campaign launch. Solidarité et fraternité avec le peuple Français.
— Owen Smith (@OwenSmith_MP) July 15, 2016
Canadians are shocked by tonight's attack in Nice. Our sympathy is with the victims, and our solidarity with the French people.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 14, 2016
É lamentável que no dia que eternizou a fraternidade como lema do povo francês, um atentado destrua a vida de tantos cidadãos.
— Michel Temer (@MichelTemer) July 14, 2016
I hope the injured recover soon. India shares the pain & stands firmly with our French sisters & brothers in this hour of immense sadness.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 15, 2016
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) July 15, 2016