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Panic in Nice as 'lorry hits crowd' 'Many dead' as lorry hits crowd in Nice
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Panic on promenade in French city of Nice as lorry ploughs into crowd - eyewitness reports A lorry has struck a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice, with reports of many dead.
This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. The incident took place on the famous Promenade des Anglais during a firework display, media reports say.
If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. One image on Twitter showed about a dozen people lying on the street, some being tended to.
The local prefecture has urged people in the area to remain indoors, calling the incident "an attack".
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said that "a lorry driver appears to have killed dozens of people".
He urged residents to stay indoors.
Some reports spoke of shots being exchanged between police and the occupants of the lorry but these have not been confirmed.
Social media video showed people running through the streets in panic following the incident.
A journalist with the Nice Matin newspaper reported from the scene that there was "a lot of blood and without doubt many injured".
An Agence France-Presse reporter said the incident took place as the firework display was ending, adding: "We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around."
Another image on Twitter showed a white lorry stopped in the middle of the promenade with damage to its front, and four police officers observing it while taking cover behind a palm tree.