Video: Footage of police firing at terror truck driver emerges

A screen grab from the dramatic video (Image via Nader el-Shafei)
A screen grab from the dramatic video (Image via Nader el-Shafei)

The moment police shot and killed the driver of the truck that killed 84 people in Nice was captured on camera.

The dramatic footage was captured by Nader el-Shafei, who worked in a nearby hotel.

He told the BBC: "We thought at the beginning it was just an accident," he said, "but then I saw him pulling out his gun and trying to shoot a group of policemen who were coming running towards him.

"I saw him for about one minute - face to-face - but he was not looking at me. He was looking out of the window, appearing very nervous.

"I kept yelling at him, waving with my hand, trying to tell him that there were a lot of dead people underneath his truck. But he did not give any attention to anyone outside the truck.

"Police killed him straight away - they didn't wait to negotiate - they just opened fire on him."

The driver in the Nice lorry attack was a 31-year-old French-Tunisian man, reports claim.

Sources were cited as saying the suspect was known to police in connection with common law crimes but not to French intelligence services.

In a press conference at the scene, French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said identification of the criminal was in progress, refusing to confirm reports that an ID card was found.

Scores of people including several children died after the truck drove through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in the city in the south of France.

Eyewitnesses said the driver swerved from side to side as he drove for hundreds of metres along the famous Promenade des Anglais on the seafront, before he was shot dead by police.

The driver was later named in unconfirmed reports as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31.

Officers were reportedly searching a property in Nice.

The attacker was said to have hired the lorry in a neighbouring town on Wednesday.