UN Security Council condemns Nice attack

NEW YORK (AA) – The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned an attack in France that killed dozens of victims and injured hundreds when a truck rammed into crowds in Nice late Thursday.

“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack,” Council President Koro Bessho of Japan told reporters. “The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.”

Earlier Friday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon issued a message of condemnation regarding the attack.

“The Secretary-General condemns the 14 July terrorist attack in Nice, France,” according to a statement from the UN spokesperson. “He expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of this horrific act, as well as to the government and the people of France.”

It added that Ban hopes the perpetrators would be rapidly identified and brought to justice, and “stands firmly by the French government and people as they confront this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism”.

At least 84 people were killed by the driver who drove into crowds during Bastille Day celebrations.

French President Francois Hollande said 50 of the injured people are ”between life and death”.