Truck attack in Nice, France: live updates

 
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(NBC) A truck plowed into pedestrians during Bastille Day celebrations in the popular French seaside city of Nice on Thursday night.

Truck attack in Nice, France: live updates

What we know:

-French officials say 84 people are dead and many others injured.

-The mayor of Nice's office identified the attacker as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old French citizen of Tunisian descent. He was killed by police at the scene. It is unknown if he acted alone. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.

-French President Francois Hollande extended a nationwide state of emergency three months.

-An American father and his 11-year-old son have been confirmed among the dead.



Truck Massacre Suspect Had 'Frightening' Look: Neighbor

A woman who said she is the neighbor of Nice attack suspect described him Friday as a frightening man and "not normal."

Officials say Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman, drove a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day, killing dozens of people.

A woman called Hanan, who told Reuters she lives in the building believed to be the one inhabited by Bouhlel, said he was odd.

"He looked at us weirdly, he wouldn't even open the door, when we'd arrive behind he'd slam the door shut. Frankly, not normal," she said.

She described him as "a handsome man, going gray, in his 30s ... I would say he was someone who was pleasing to women."

Hanan said he was "always alone."

She added: "He didn't have a frightening face, but ... a look, a look. He would stare at the children a lot."

Forensic police searched an apartment on the first floor in the building, which is in a relatively poor neighborhood to the east of downtown Nice.


French President: 50 Victims 'Between Life and Death'

A total of 50 truck attack victims were critically injured and "between life and death," France's president told reporters Friday after visiting some of the survivors at a hospital.

Francois Hollande praised medics who rushed to work "in the middle of the night to save lives" following the Bastille Day atrocity. He described police, firefighters and other public workers who responded as "the pride of France."

The country was "facing a long battle," Hollande warned, saying the attack was intended "to satisfy the cruelty of an individual, and maybe a group."

Addressing a country seeking answers, he said: "Why Nice? Because it is known all over the world, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Why July 14? Because it is a celebration of liberty."

However, he insisted that France must be strong.

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"The world is watching us," Hollande added

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