In what was supposed to be a night of joy and fun, quickly turned into a nightmare. As a crowd gathered in Nice, France late Thursday night to celebrate Bastille Day, a truck plowed through the street, resulting in over 80 innocent lives being taken in what is now being described as an act of terror.

Tragedy strikes Nice

Bastille Day is France's equivalent of Independence Day in the United States, a yearly celebration of the "Storming of the Bastille" during the French Revolution in 1789.

Normally the event is met with excitement, as the nighttime sky is lit up with fireworks. Unfortunately, the tragedy of less than 24 hours ago will forever tarnish the day's memory. Various news sources were quick to confirm that a large vehicle had stormed through the crowd, as videos and images of the incident instantly appeared on social media.

According to the French Interior Ministry, at least 84 people have been killed as a result of the attack, including the driver, with over 100 left injured.

The tractor-trailer style truck was inspected, and was found to include dozens of guns and other deadly weapons. The driver has since been identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old male from Tunisia, though he was a resident of France. Bouhlel was not on any terror watch list, but was known to local police for "petty crimes," according to several sources.

Addressing the nation early Friday morning, President Francois Hollande stated, "France has been struck on the day of her national holiday...Bastille Day, the symbol of liberty." Hollande put a focus on radical Islamic terrorism in his speech, as the country has been on high alert for over a year and a half.

"France as a whole is under the threat of Islamic terrorism. We have to demonstrate absolute vigilance and show determination that is unfailing," Hollande said, ensuring all citizens that the country will stand up to the threat of violence. "France is afflicted but I assure you she is strong and she will always be stronger than the fanatics that want to strike her today."

History of Violence

Thursday night's attack was the third act of terror on the country in less than two years.

The first was on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebo and their office in Paris in January 2015. The Islamic State (ISIS) took responsibility for the attack, citing the paper's cartoons that used the Islamic Prophet Muhammad as the butt of a many jokes over the years.

In addition to the attack on Charlie Hebdo, the Bataclan theatre in Paris was the next target by Islamic extremists in November 2015.

As a result of a suicide bombing and mass shooting in the area, over 130 innocent victims were killed, with another 368 injured at and around the location of the theatre. Once again, ISIS quickly took responsibility for the action, using recent airstrikes in Iraq and Syria by the French military as the excuse fortheir retaliation. While France and their alliescontinue to come together to fight back against Islamic terrorism, the uncertainty has forced many to wonder when the next attack might occur.

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