Sadly we face another terrorist attack in France, a nation that’s endured a great deal of violence at the hands of extremist jihadists in the recent past. The management team of Face Activities extends our sympathies and condolences to the victims and their families, and to the people of France. We mourn with you for your fallen comrades. We look forward to a day when the world, working together, can end the scourge of terrorism that plagues the peoples of the world.
A brazen terrorist attack rocked France Thursday night, as a driver intent on committing mass murder deliberately drove his truck through a dense crowd along a 2 km stretch of road at the Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France, killing at least 77 people. President Hollande referred to the incident as an attack, and called for an extension of the nation’s state of emergency, due to expire within days, for another three months.
Before driving into the crowd, reports indicate that the driver first shot into the crowd with a gun. Police eventually shot and killed the alleged terrorist, and found the truck to be packed with firearms, explosives and grenades that fortunately didn’t detonate. It’s likely that the casualty rate would have been much higher if they had exploded, and would have included first responders to the crisis.
Now the painstaking investigative process begins, to piece together the course of events and bring perpetrators, if possible, to justice. There are many questions that need to be answered. Who was the driver? What were his organizational affiliations and motivations? Is there evidence of a broader conspiracy or was this the work of a lone wolf? Was ISIS involved, and was the driver a self-radicalized extremist, or someone who was deliberately trained and sent under the aegis of a specific terrorist organization?
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