Islamic State claims Nice attack on social media

The perpetrator of the Bastille Day attack in Nice was an "Islamic State soldier," according to a statement published on social media outlets close to the extremist organization.

"The person who ran [people] down in Nice was an Islamic State soldier who carried out the attack in response to calls to target subjects of states in the coalition fighting the Islamic State," the statement in the name of the organization's Aamaq news agency says, quoting unnamed "sources."

dpa could not verify the authenticity of the statement, but it is typical of how Islamic State has claimed major attacks in recent months.

At least 84 people were killed in Nice on Thursday when a man, identified as Tunisian national Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, drove a delivery truck for 2 kilometres through crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day.

Last update: Sat, 16/07/2016 - 12:20

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