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Timeline of how latest atrocity to shock the world unfolded

11.10 pm (French Time): First reports emerge that a vehicle has driven into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, injuring several people.

11.44 pm: French news channel BFM TV reports that at least 30 people have died, with more than 100 injured.

11.51: Photographs and videos begin to circulate on social media showing extent of the panic and terror on the streets of Nice. Police issue request to stop posting such images.

12.32 am: Nice prosecutor’s office say at least 60 people were killed in the truck attack

1.00 am: Reports emerge that the truck drove 1.3 miles through the crowd, while a Downing Street spokesman says: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this terrible incident on a day of celebration.”

1.19 am: Nice Mayor Estrosi tells reporters that the driver seemed to have “completely premeditated behaviour”, adding that the lorry was “loaded with arms and grenades”. He calls the attack “the worst moment in Nice’s history”.

2.17am: Officials update the death toll to 75 people, with 15 more in a critical condition.

10.09 am: Suspect identified as Mohamed Bouhlel (31), a Frenchman of Tunisian heritage.

12.07 pm: The US State Department says that two US citizens are among the dead. They are named as a 52-year-old father Sean Copeland and his 10-year-old son Brodie, from Austin, Texas, who were on holiday in the popular French resort.

12.24 pm: French President Francois Hollande arrives in Nice after a crisis meeting.

12.30 pm: Prime Minister Teresa May says: “Britain stands shoulder to shoulder with France.”

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