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France: one Portuguese injured in horrific Nice attack

A Portuguese man was injured in the Nice terror attack last night (July 14) that killed at least 84 people and injured over a hundred.

The man has been described as António Soares, a resident in Nice who suffered injuries to one of his legs but is not in serious condition.

He will, however, have to undergo surgery, a source from the office of Portugal’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, José Carneiro, told Renascença radio.

Thus far no Portuguese nationals have been identified among the fatal victims.

Carneiro said yesterday that around 10,000 Portuguese live in Nice.

He said the government was “following the situation” and in contact with “consulate authorities in Marseille and Nice” and police, and would reveal further information as it was made available.

Exactly what happened yesterday is still being investigated.

It is reported a man drove a truck through a crowd of people along a beachfront avenue while the town was celebrating Bastille Day.

According to media reports, the driver shot a gun into the crowd before driving two kilometers along the Promenade des Anglais, mowing down people who had gathered to watch fireworks.

France is treating it as yet another terror attack, likely perpetrated or supported by the Islamic terrorist group Daesh.

Meantime, today Nice’s airport was evacuated after an “unattended bag” was found at one of the terminals.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com