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Huge cache of guns, grenades and 'larger weapons' found inside bullet-riddled truck sparking fears Nice massacre could have been even MORE deadly 

 
  • Children among at least 80 people dead and 50 injured in Nice terror attack
  • Fears bloodshed could have been worse if gunman not killed when he was
  • Huge cache of guns, grenades and 'larger weapons' found inside the truck
  • Discovery suggests driver intended to spill even more blood in French city

 

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Bloodshed befell France's most important national holiday last night as 80 people were massacred when a truck mowed through crowds and the driver unleashed a hail of bullets on fleeing revellers.

But fears have already been raised the terror attack on the seaside resort of Nice could have been far deadlier had police not shot the gunman dead when they did.

A huge cache of guns, grenades and 'larger weapons' were said to have been found inside the bullet-riddled lorry after it ground to a halt on the busy promenade – suggesting the driver intended to spill more blood.

His sinister plan could even have eclipsed the worst terror attack in recent French history, last November's Paris massacre, had his horrific rampage not been brought to an end when it was.

The large white truck ploughed into the crowd at around 11pm (9pm GMT) as people gathered on Nice's beachfront Promenade des Anglais to watch the Bastille Day fireworks display. 

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The truck driver is said to have shouted 'Allahu Akbar' - God is greatest - before being shot dead by police. Pro-ISIS groups have been celebrating the attack but as yet the terror group has not officially claimed responsibility.

Identity documents belonging to a 31-year-old French Tunisian were later found in the vehicle, according to security sources. A source close to the investigation said an 'inactive' grenade was also discovered inside, as well as 'several fake rifles'.

French president Francois Hollande said this morning that many of the 80 victims were children as, he confirmed the country's state of emergency would be extended for a further three months.

Interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said: 'Investigations are currently underway to establish if the individual acted alone or if he had accomplices who might have fled.' 

The attack comes with France already under a state of emergency following the ISIS masscre in Paris in November that left 130 people dead in a series of coordinated gun and suicide bomb blasts.

Similar such incidents have been seen in France before, in December 2014, when two men ploughed their cars into pedestrians in two days - separate incidents that left the country reeling.

The first driver shouted 'Allahu Akbar' (God is greatest) as he drove into people in the eastern city of Dijon, injuring 13.

The 40-year-old driver had a long history of mental illness, and no ties to jihadist groups, the government said.

A day later, a man rammed a white van into a Christmas market in the western city of Nantes, killing one person and injuring nine others. He then stabbed himself several times.

Prosecutors said a notebook was found in his vehicle in which he spoke of his 'hatred for society' and said he feared 'being killed by secret agents'.

The man killed himself in his prison cell in 2016 while awaiting trial.

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