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Bastille Day Attack: 5 Detained as France Mourns 84 Killed

The country began Saturday to observe three days of national mourning



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    Tributes and flowers are left with a French flag on the Promenade des Anglais on July 16, 2016 in Nice, France. Five people believed to be linked to the man who killed 84 people in Nice are in police custody according to a statement by the Paris prosecutor's office after a French-Tunisian attacker killed 84 people as he drove a lorry through crowds who had gathered to watch a firework display during Bastille Day Celebrations. The attacker then opened fire on people in the crowd before being shot dead by police.

    French officials said Saturday five people have been detained for questioning in connection to the deadly Bastille Day truck massacre in Nice, NBC News reported.

    The Paris prosecutor said three people were detained Saturday and two on Friday, including the estranged wife of the attacker, identified as 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel — a Tunisian citizen living in Nice.

    For reasons still unclear, Bouhlel climbed into a 19-ton white refrigerated truck and maneuvered it onto the packed Promenade des Anglais, hit the gas and sent bodies flying on a 1.2-mile rampage before he was shot dead by police.

    French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Saturday that, based on early investigations, Bouhlel "appears to have become radicalized very quickly."

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    Flowers and tributes were left at barricades on the seafront Saturday as France began to observe three days of national mourning amid grief and anger that authorities failed to thwart yet another mass attack in this already-grieving nation.