No confirmed link between Nice attacker and radical Islam: minister

"According to eyewitnesses, Russian citizen Viktoria Savchenko (born 1995) and Russian expatriate Natalia Otto may be among those killed", the ministry said.

As it was his first conviction, Bouhlel was given a six-month suspended sentence and had to contact police once a week, which he did, Urvoas added.

He was married with three children, but had marital problems, the Tunisian sources said.

A man has reportedly been found carrying a large knife at a vigil for victims of the Nice terror attack.

Both attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group.

The two women had travelled to France from their home village of Krzyszkowice, southern Poland, for a holiday.

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Guillaume Long said, "we are shocked by this horrendous and horrifying attack in France". "The president of the United States, as Newt Gingrich had stated, has failed in his responsibilities to defend the United States". We will not relent. Following the attack, Hollande passed a law giving more power to investigators and created a homeland security force of 10,000 personnel.

IS has repeatedly singled out France as a prime target for its military action against the group in Iraq and Syria, and hundreds of jihadists have left France to fight in its ranks. "Yes, it is a terrorist act and we shall see what links there are with terrorist organizations".

"I stood on the balcony, right on the Promenade des Anglais, and saw how people celebrated there, and how suddenly a truck drove through the crowd", Gutjahr recounted to Agence France-Presse Friday, July 15.

"As head of government, I owe the French people the truth".

Among the dead are at least two Americans from Texas.

"The fact this attack was directed at innocent people celebrating their national day makes it particularly horrific", he says.

Hollande said France's state of emergency, set to end later this month, would be extended another three months.

There were other heroes who tried mightily to stop the driver, who killed at least 84 people at the Bastille Day celebration.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the attack made her "sick at heart".

The truck's windshield was punctured by a volley of bullets, possibly fired by police, but some witnesses said the driver opened fire before he set out on his fatal ride along a 2-kilometer stretch of pavement.

The driver's father has reported that Bouhlel had received psychiatric treatment in the past.

In November a year ago, near-simultaneous attacks had been carried out in Paris, targeting a stadium, a theatre and restaurants, killing 147 people.

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