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ISIS publications ‘make no reference’ to Nice attack despite celebrations

Releases by the group make no mention of the attack which French anti-terrorism prosecutor said was ‘exactly in line with’ its calls to kill

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Publications issued by the ISIS militant group on Friday make no reference to the truck attack in the French city of Nice that killed at least 84 people, despite celebrations posted online by apparent ISIS members or supporters.

Releases by the extremist group or its affiliated Amaq news agency make no mention of the attack which French anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins said was “exactly in line with” calls from extremist groups to kill. Late on Thursday, a Tunisian named as Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel rammed a truck into a Bastille Day crowd in the coastal French city after a firework display.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the 31-year-old attacker was “probably linked to radical Islam in one way or another”, although Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve cautioned that it was too early to confirm such a link. Lahouaiej-Bouhlel – a resident of Nice – was shot dead by police after the attack in which at least 10 children and teenagers were among the dead.

ISIS has claimed several deadly attacks in the past in France, Belgium, the United States and in Arab countries. Despite its silence over responsibility for Thursday’s killings in Nice, supporters of the group used internet social networks to hail the attack.