Two new arrests linked to Nice lorry massacre

Police arrest two people over suspected links with ISIL group amid ongoing security crackdown.

    Two new arrests linked to Nice lorry massacre
    France called up 12,000 police to help boost security in the wake of the killings [Ian Langsdon/EPA]

    French police have arrested two more people in connection with an attack that killed at least 84 people when a lorry deliberately drove into crowds celebrating the country's main national holiday in Nice.

    French judicial sources told the Reuters news agency on Sunday that a man and a woman with ties to the attack claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also know as ISIS) group were detained but provided no details on their identities. 

    Five other people were already in custody, including the estranged wife of Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a Tunisian with no apparent links to ISIL. Bouhlel was shot dead by police.

    Authorities are trying to determine whether Bouhlel, a 31-year-old who had lived in Nice for many years, was acting alone in Thursday's attack.

    ISIL said it carried out the attack in response to calls to target civilians in countries that are part of a coalition fighting ISIL.

    Speaking from Nice on Friday, French President Francois Hollande said about 50 people were in a critical condition, still "between life and death" after the attack.

    The attack also injured more than 200 people, including many children, and left the area strewn with bodies.

    France declared three days of national mourning after the Bastille Day massacre.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    From Cameroon to US-Mexico border: 'We saw corpses along the way'

    'We saw corpses along the way'

    Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers braving the longer Latin America route to the US.