France attacker had ‘fake rifles and grenades’
July 15th, 2016 at 1:55 pm
France attacker had ‘fake rifles and grenades’

International desk – The driver of the truck that killed more than 80 people in southern French city of Nice was carrying a handgun and several fake rifles and fake grenades, police said.

French police told BFM television that a 7.65 caliber handgun found on the attacker was known to authorities for weapons possession crimes, but nothing terror related.

The attacker, identified by a police as a 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman, also opened fire before police shot him dead.

He had been known to the police for common crimes but not to the intelligence services, the source said.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 18 of the injured were in a critical condition after the 25-tonne truck zigzagged along the seafront Promenade des Anglais as a fireworks display marking the French national day ended just after 10:30 pm. local time.

The attack, which came eight months and a day after Islamic State gunmen and suicide bombers struck Paris on a festive Friday evening, seemed so far to be the work of a lone assailant.

None has claimed the responsibility of the attack.