President Andrzej Duda has offered his condolences to French Ambassador to Poland Pierre Buhler following Thursday‘s terrorist attack in Nice, which left over 85 dead. “Please accept my sincere commiserations to the families of the victims killed in Nice, and the French nation,“ the Polish president tweeted on Friday morning.
Earlier, Prime Minister Beata Szydło, currently on a visit in Mongolia, had extended condolences to the French people. “We unite in grief with the French nation,“ she said. “We will do everything in our power to stop this terrorism madness sweeping through Europe,” she added.
Up to 84 people were killed in the attack in the southern city of Nice on Thursday evening, after a truck loaded with weapons and grenades ploughed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day.
The driver of the 25-tonne truck sped through the city’s seafront promenade filled with revellers enjoying a fireworks display, and left a trail of bodies in its wake. Scores were killed, among them children, and hundreds were hurt, including 18 severely injured in the assault.
The assailant, a 31-year-old French national of Tunisian origin, also opened fire on the crowd before being shot dead by the police.
French President Francois Hollande said the killings were a terrorist attack. “There’s no denying the terrorist nature of this attack of yet again the most extreme form of violence,“ he said.
On Thursday night, Hollande announced that a state of emergency, first introduced after the Paris attacks in November, would be extended by another three months. Just hours earlier, Hollande had declared that the state of emergency would be lifted on 26 July.