Senators Decry Attack in Nice

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Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith, says Jamaica stands with the people of France in their time of grief.

Minister Johnson Smith was addressing the Senate today less than 24-hours after the driver of a lorry killed 84 people in an attack in the French city of Nice.

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Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Mark Golding, described the attack as a new low in terrorism.

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The driver of the Truck has been confirmed as 31-year-old Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel. He was shot dead by police.

202 people were injured. 52 are critical. 25 are on life support. Ten of the dead were children.

Prosecutor, Francois Molins, says Bouhlel had driven the lorry 2 kilometres on the Promenade des Anglais (de-SAHN-glay) and fired at police before being shot dead.

Meanwhile, one Opposition Senator, Noel Sloely, called on the Senate to recognize that Jamaican lives should be given as much attention as those who died in Nice.

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His comments follow a statement by Senate President, Tom Tavares-Finson, who opened this morning’s session, asking the House to send formal condolences to the French Ambassador.

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