Tunisia toll from Nice attack rises to 4, with 5 missing


TUNIS: A four-year-old boy missing after the Nice truck attack has been found dead, raising to four the number of Tunisians killed in the French tragedy, the foreign ministry said Saturday.

Another five Tunisians are still missing following Thursday night’s attack that killed 84 people in the southern French resort city and was claimed on Saturday by the Islamic State jihadist group (IS).

The ministry said the boy was found dead in hospital. His mother was among the other three identified Tunisian victims.

Nice is just an hour’s flight from Tunis, and the city is home to many Tunisians.

Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, the driver of the truck that plowed into a Bastille Day crowd in the city, was himself of Tunisian origin, from Msaken near Sousse.

Tunisia “forcefully” condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with France against the “scourge of terrorism.”

It also said it was opening a judicial inquiry into the attack.

Tunisia, like France, has faced a series of jihadist attacks in the past year, killing dozens including 59 foreign tourists.

The country has been under a state of emergency since Nov. 2015.

Tunisian and French citizens are among the top nationalities who have joined jihadist organisations including IS. AFP



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