President Barack Obama issued a statement after the terrorist attack in Nice, France on Thursday. At least 77 people were killed when a truck driver plowed a truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day.
Obama condemned the attacks, calling it “horrific” and sent his thoughts and prayers to the victims and their loved ones. He confirmed that the Administration is talking with French officials and hopes to bring those responsible to justice.
Although Obama called this a terrorist attack, the Islamic State (ISIS) has not claimed responsibility yet. The attack comes just over two weeks after an ISIS attack at Turkey’s largest airport. Paris was also the scene of an ISIS attack in November, when 130 people were killed.
On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded. I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.
On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.
Here are photos of the attack and the aftermath: