- Thomson Reuters
US President Barack Obama issued the following statement on Thursday night about the deadly attack in Nice, France:
“On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded. I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.
“On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.”
No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack, though pro-ISIS groups are reportedly celebrating it.
Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in France for Bastille Day celebrations, called the violence a “horrendous attack … against innocent people … on a day that celebrates Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.”