Paris: The dreaded terror outfit Islamic State on Saturday claimed responsibility for the deadly attack in the Riviera city of Nice that killed at least 84 people.
News agency Amaq, which supports Islamic State said via its Telegram account, "The person who carried out the operation in Nice, France, to run down people was one of the soldiers of Islamic State."
A Tunisian-born man zigzagged a truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing at least 84 and injuring dozens of children, an attack that plunged the country again into grief and anger.
The heavy duty white truck driven by a 31-year-old French of Tunisian origin drove into the crowd for two kilometres an hour before midnight on Thursday, crushing unsuspecting people before police shot him dead.
A shellshocked France found itself in mourning again after attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine in January 2015 and the shootings and suicide bombings in Paris last November left a total of 147 dead.
The country has been in a state of emergency since November with heightened security, but the Nice carnage showed how vulnerable it remains to an attack by what appeared to be a determined individual.