At least eighty-four people were killed in the city of Nice, France by a terrorist driving a nineteen ton truck into a crowd gathered to celebrate Bastille Day. Nearly two hundred more were injured in the attack, eighteen of them critically. News reports say the truck was “loaded with grenades and other arms.”
Authorities said they found identity papers belonging to thirty one year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel from Tunisia. He was known to police. He was shot and killed by police as he fired on the fleeing crowds. The carnage was gruesome, with people’s bodies dismembered by the truck as it careened through the crowd.
Saying quote “The terrorist nature of this attack cannot be denied,” French President Francois Hollande extended, for three months, the state of emergency that has been in place since the Paris attacks and mobilized reservists. He said were uncertain whether or not the attacker had any accomplices.
Said the Hollande, quote:
France is horrified by what has just occurred; a monstrous act of using a truck to intentionally kill dozens of people celebrating 14th of July. France is strong. France will always be stronger than the fanatics who want to strike France today.
The current occupant of the White House released a statement condemning quote “what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack” saying the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and wished a full recovery for the many wounded.
G O P presidential candidate Donald J. Trump responded with a series of tweets saying quote
“Another horrific attack…When will we learn? It is only getting worse” and quote “My prayers and condolences to the victims and families of the terrible tragedy in Nice, France. We are with you in every way!”
In another tweet, Trump said he postponed his scheduled news conference called to make his vice presidential announcement.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said it appeared as if “another American ally” had been attacked by terrorists, offering thoughts, prayers and solidarity with the people of France.
News from our own backyard continues after this.
A twenty four inch water main ruptured yesterday under the Bridge St. Extension between Mission Ave. and Christy Lane in Manchester. In a Facebook post yesterday, the Manchester Water Works asked people to conserve water as much as possible while they made repairs.
The water main on Bridge St. Extension was shut off between Candia Road and Newstead Way as were water mains on Drew Ave., Morse Rd., Dwight St., Windsor Ave., Effel Ave., Christy Lane and Hobb Way. Bridge St. Extension was closed to traffic between Mission Ave. and Beaver St. and traffic was detoured. The main was repaired by four o’clock, though road crews continued to repair the road as the night wore on.
The Manchester Police Department will host a free seminar in preparation for its upcoming police exam. The seminar will be held on Monday, July 18th from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Walker Auditorium in Robert Frost Hall at Southern New Hampshire University. They will discuss the requirements for the test, the testing process and how to prepare for it. Please direct any questions to Officer Carl Accorto at 7 9 2 5 4 5 2. Additional details are available at Manchester p d dot com. No registration is required.
The 2016 GOP Convention begins Monday, amongst continued drama about delegate rebellion. The first night of the convention is expected to focus on Benghazi and illegal immigration. The second night is expected to be all about the economy. Night number three will feature dispatched rival Texas Senator Ted Cruz and the vice presidential nominee. In addition to The Donald, the final night will feature a number of G O P politicians who beat the odds, and the establishment, on their way to doing great things. It all ought to be fun to watch. All of Trumps adult children will speak during the convention, as will his wife. The lineup of speakers, which is still subject to change, makes clear it will be a convention like no other.
That’s news from our own backyard! Girard at Large hour ___ is next!
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