10:21pm: Nice airport evacuated.

10:04pm: Not the first use of a vehicle as a terrorist weapon, not even in France. Meanwhile, it’s a method much encouraged by the Palestinian propaganda too.













7:32pm: “French Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31.”






















2:40pm: “The deadly truck crash”…




































Terrorists, on the other hand…

1:59pm: “The truck driver was said to have shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ – God is greatest – before being shot dead by police.”

1:40pm: #PrayForNice up to 1 million now, so all good. And there is a nice graphic too.












12:30pm: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is getting some well deserved lashing on social media for this – “truck attacks”:




































12:05pm: First reports from the French media that the driver was a 31-year old man of Tunisian origin.

What we know:

  • A yet-unidentified man drove an unmarked 25-tonne truck along the Promenade des Anglais seafront in Nice, ramming the crowds celebrating the Bastille Day.
  • Seventy-seven people are dead, dozens more injured, many of them critically.
  • The driver also at one point got out of the truck and started shooting people.
  • He has been subsequently shot dead by the police. Guns and explosives have been reportedly found inside the truck.

While ISIS sympathisers on social media have already taken credit for the attack, and the French counter-terrorism officials are in charge of the investigation, we don’t yet know if the perpetrator was indeed associated with any Islamic terrorist group or otherwise motivated by this ideology. It seems to be an early consensus, or at least suspicion.

Quick reactions:

1.While #PrayForNice is already trending on Twitter, in the end you can’t pray the jihad away. Pretty soon people will start being desensitised to all the #Pray hashtags, candlelit vigils and poignant graphics, mostly because there seems to be no end of them.

2. Even if terrorism really had nothing to do with Islam (which is not quite the case), this argument will pretty soon stop washing with an average Joe or Joanne, mostly because when something like this happens, the odds are the perpetrators consider themselves Muslims acting in the name of Islam (there are of course exceptions – not all terrorist acts in the West are committed by Islamists, from the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, through most of the mass shootings throughout the US, to the Anders Breivik massacre in Norway in 2011, but they are not enough to disprove the narrative).

3. It’s difficult not to be pessimistic. You can make the airplanes virtually unhijackable, you can impose the strictest gun laws, you can try to control sale of chemicals to prevent home bomb-making, but in the end you can’t stop terrorists who are committed to killing you. Pretty much anything around us can be used as a weapon.