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Nice Attack: The Deadly 'Evolution' of Vehicles Turned Into Weapons

Nice Attack: The Deadly 'Evolution' of Vehicles Turned Into WeaponsWhile mass-casualty terrorist attacks in the West have become commonplace, one facet of Thursday night’s assault in Nice, France, appeared at first to be unusual: a truck, rather than bombs and guns, was used as the weapon of choice. The killer, identified today as 31-year-old Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, was armed with a handgun and a malfunctioning grenade, authorities said, but it was with a large, white truck that he managed to kill a vast majority of his 84 victims, simply by speeding through a packed crowd that had gathered to watch fireworks on the French coast. Matthew Henman, the head of defense thinktank IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, wrote that this particular attack appeared to be an “evolution” of vehicle-borne assaults, but it was hardly the first time vehicles have been used for bloodshed.

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