Nice Attack Hit Ultimate Soft Target: An Open Air Holiday Celebration

Breitbart | 7/15/2016 | Staff
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A Tunisian man living in France plowed a large truck through the ultimate “soft target” — thousands of Bastille Day revelers who had gathered to watch fireworks in an open venue at the French resort city of Nice — quickly killing at least 84 people and wounding another 202 during a national holiday akin to America’s Fourth of July.

Nice’s Promenade des Anglais, the long stretch of boardwalk and seaside road where the attack took place, “would have been nearly impossible to police and to secure,” The Washington Post (WaPo) learned from Bruce Hoffman, a counterterrorism expert and the director of Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program.

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Like soccer stadiums, shopping malls and cafes, the promenade in Nice was what is often referred to as a ‘soft target’ — a public place often difficult to protect because of its high profile, transient population and plethora of entry and exit points. Attacking soft targets has been the hallmark of modern terrorism, yet according to Hoffman, the attack in Nice could be a crucial step forward for the organizations that are trying to damage the fabric of liberal Western societies.

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The July 14 carnage ended only after police killed the armed truck driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who was able to drive onto a sidewalk for more than a mile.

Using a large truck allowed Bouhlel, one man, “to kill more people than the attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., Chattanooga, Tenn., and Orlando did combined,” notes WaPo.

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His victims include children — 10 who died and many who are in critical condition. Overall, of the 202 injured victims, 25 are on life support and 52 in critical condition.

The attack has been deemed to likely be the deadliest terrorist attack ever in France by a lone attacker.

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