AT least 75 have been killed and 100 injured after a suspected terrorist ploughed a lorry into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in France.
Witnesses reported an exchange of gunfire in the aftermath of the incident which happened shortly after 10.30pm on the Promenade des Anglais .
The incident happened in the southern city of Nice on the French Riviera, where crowds had gathered for a firework display for the French national day.
Videos posted online showed panicked people running from the scene in fear, while witnesses reported terrified onlookers throwing themselves into the sea to escape the crush of bodies.
Victims were reportedly mown down over a 2km stretch of road, with some eye witnesses describing an exchange of gunfire between the driver and the police.
And photos emerging of what appeared to be the bullet-riddled windscreen of the abandoned lorry in the middle of the road seemed to confirm the reports of a shootout.
Officials have now confirmed that the vehicle was found to be laden with grenades and weapons.