In the hours following Thursday night’s attack in Nice, while the wounded were tended to and the dead shrouded in the streets, survivors and rescuers were confronted with silent reminders of the evening’s losses: A baby doll next to a small body wrapped in foil. A small pink hat, torn. A child’s plastic bike broken in two and forgotten in the middle of the road.
They were reminders that, in the indiscriminate brutality of a terror attack, even the youngest are not spared.
According to French prosecutor Francois Molins, 10 children and teenagers are among the 84 dead after a man drove a truck through a Bastille Day event on the crowded Promenade des Anglais. An unknown number of youth are injured or displaced from their families.
Terrorist attacks are always regarded as unconscionable violations of human life, but they seem especially heinous when children are involved. At a family-oriented celebration like the one taking place in Nice, it was nearly a guarantee they would be among the targets.
France attacker separated from his wife and family
Witness accounts paint a scene of peace and togetherness that devolved into mayhem. It is surely easy, it seems, for a child to get lost in the confusion, or worse. Dr. Richelle Christian, with Lenval Children’s Hospital in Nice, told CNN the hospital was treating three children in critical condition.
She said doctors were having trouble identifying children because so many were separated from their families. Of the wounded, some seemed to be trampled as people tore through the streets in panic.
A Twitter account called “Recherce Nice” (Nice Researche) is appearing to post pictures and tweets from families and friends trying to locate their loved ones. Several are children. Some are marked as found, while other posts begging for information remain unanswered.hlel was a “terrorist without doubt linked to radical Islamism in one way or another”.
nterior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he could not confirm links to jihadism.
However, Prime Minister Manuel Valls told France 2 television that Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was a “terrorist without doubt linked to radical Islamism in one way or another”.