Islamic State claims Nice terror strike, calls attacker its ‘soldier’
The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for the truck massacre in Nice which France said was “a new kind of attack,” as it faced hard questions over security failures. In a statement via its Amaq news service, IS said one of its “soldiers” carried out the attack “in response to calls to target nations of coalition states that are fighting [IS]”.
Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, ploughed a 19-tonne truck into a crowd that had been watching Bastille Day fireworks, killing 84 and injuring 200 people. Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan celebrate after soldiers involved in the coup surrendered in Istanbul. People mourn at a makeshift memorial on Promenade des Anglais, Nice, where the attack took place, on Saturday.
In fresh trouble for embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the metropolitan magistrate court in Andheri issued a non-bailable warrant against him on Saturday in a cheque bounce case, where the Airport Authority of India (AAI) is the complainant. The court had, in a hearing on May 7, given Mallya “last chance” to appear before it as the AAI had sought a warrant to secure his presence. The advocate for AAI, Anil Kathuria, had pleaded that Mallya’s presence was required.