The Washington Post

8 to go on trial in 2016 truck attack in Nice

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Seven men and a woman will go on trial Monday in the 2016 Bastille Day attack in the French city of Nice, in which 86 people were killed and hundreds injured by a gunman who drove a heavy truck into a crowd gathered to watch fireworks.

The gunman was fatally shot by police, ending an assault that shocked a country already reeling from the Islamist attacks in Paris the previous year.

Prosecutor­s say the accused, who face five years in jail to a life sentence, helped Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, obtain weapons, rent the truck or survey the route he took.

Lahouaiej Bouhlel swerved his truck through crowds on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s seaside, palm tree-lined boulevard, causing devastatio­n and chaos among the 25,000 or so gathered for the festivitie­s.

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