Driver in Nice attack has been named by intelligence services

Suspect was killed by police after onslaught left at least 84 people dead


Forensic police officers work at the truck that ploughed into the crowd | Photo: PA Images

Updated: 15.45

The man who drove a lorry into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice has been named in local reports as 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.

Police sources said the French-Tunisian national had a history of petty crimes prior to Thursday's attack, which killed at least 84 people. 

Identity papers belonging to Bouhlel were reportedly found in the truck after the attack.

Bouhlel was not on French intelligence services' watch list, the police source told Reuters.

He was said to be a resident of Nice, who was known to police in connection with theft and violence offences.

Police raided a 12th floor apartment occupied by his estranged wife, who was led away by the authorities.

Neighbours said Bouhlel had not lived there for three years.

Tunisian security sources say the truck driver, who is married with three children, came from the town of Msaken - six miles outside the city of Sousse.

Photographs from the scene show the vehicle's windscreen riddled with gunshots.

The attacker fired a pistol several times into the crowd after the truck was brought to a halt, according to the regional president.

"At the moment that he was shot dead by police, he had fired several times," Christian Estrosi said.

He later said Bouhlel had been picked up on CCTV cameras getting into the truck "in the hills of Nice".

Mr Estrosi added that authorities were looking for any accomplices.

"Attacks aren't prepared alone. Attacks are prepared with accomplices," he said. "There is a chain of complicity. I expect it to be unveiled, discovered and kept up to date."

Earlier, authorities said they had found "grenades and larger weapons" in the truck, which had picked up speed and travelled along the famous Promenade des Anglais for more than a mile.

However, a source close to the investigation told AFP that rifles in the vehicle were "fake" and the one grenade was "inactive".

Footage shows the lorry barrelling down the road, as several people chase after it on foot. Gunshots can be heard.

Three days of national mourning have been declared in France, and it is reported the Eiffel Tower will be illuminated in the colours of the French flag over the coming days: