Death toll in Nice terror attack rises to 85

August 4, 2016  

A man wounded in the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice died of his injuries on Thursday, hospital officials said, bringing the death toll from the massacre to 85, AFP reported.

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian, rammed a 19-ton lorry into revellers enjoying a July 14 fireworks display on Nice’s seafront Promenade des Anglais before he was shot dead by police.

The attack, claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group, left 434 people injured.

Nice’s Pasteur hospital said the man who died Thursday had been on life support since the day of the attack.

The local newspaper Le Messager said he was a 56-year-old from France’s eastern Haute-Savoie region, whose wife and son were also killed in the attack and whose 14-year-old daughter remains in hospital.

President Francois Hollande is facing mounting demands to improve security after a string of jihadist attacks, dating back to January 2015, when gunmen stormed the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and a Jewish store.

Then in November, 130 people were killed at restaurants, bars and a concert hall in Paris.

In another attack just last week, ISIS terrorists broke into a church in Normandy and beheaded a priest.

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks, French lawmakers recently voted to extend a state of emergency that was declared after the Paris attack.


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