PARIS, July 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC is appalled by the horrific terror attack in Nice, France, that left 84 dead and more than 100 injured. The terrorist, apparently a 31-year-old French-Tunisian who acted alone, used a large truck as a weapon to mow down dozens gathered to celebrate Bastille Day, the French national holiday.
"The boundless depravity of terrorists who attack our society and our people challenges us to redouble our resolve to live, celebrate our freedoms, and defeat those who seek our destruction," said AJC Europe Director Simone Rodan-Benzaquen. The Nice attack was the third fatal jihadist assault in France in the past 18 months. It comes only eight months after the murderous ISIS attacks in Paris and three months after the latest, deadly attacks in Brussels.
"It is heartbreaking to see that the lives of so many women, children, and men have been taken in pure brutality at a moment when France was celebrating Bastille Day, which commemorates the noble values of liberté, egalité et fraternité," said Rodan-Benzaquen.
"France, as well as all democratic societies across Europe and around the world, is reminded that we are at war, that the tumor of radical Islam continues to grow," she said. "Nations and people of good will need to come together, cooperate more strongly, and impose more security measures, while at the same time preserving our democratic values and liberty."
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SOURCE American Jewish Committee