NEWS: In the wake of Thursday night’s alleged terror attack in Nice that claimed 84 lives, police in Nice arrested three people in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The estranged wife of the perpetrator, 31 year-old Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, was already in police custody. The delivery driver’s flat, just north of the main train station, in Nice has also been searched.
The refrigerated truck that Bouhlel used to mow down his victims on a two-kilometre stretch of the Promenade des Anglais as a fireworks display ended, just after 22:30 on Thursday night, was the largest and heaviest that the rental company in St Laurent du Var had on its books, the company said.
Among the dead were Fatima Charrihi, whose son said she was the first to be killed, the deputy head of the Nice border police, Jean-Marc Leclerc, and two American tourists, Sean Copeland and his 11 year-old son, Brodie. In all, ten children were among the dead with 202 injured. Some 52 people remain in critical condition in local hospitals.
President François Hollande, who said that attacks in Syria and Iraq would be increased after the outrage, was booed by crowds when he visited Nice on Friday amidst widespread anger that the French authorities had not done enough to ensure security during France’s national holiday celebrations.