Two Citizens of Armenia Die in Devastating Nice Attack


Nice-Armenians-2-620x300NICE, France (Public Radio of Armenia) — According to the Foreign Ministry of Armenia, two Armenian citizen died during the terror attack in Nice on July 14.

“We inform with sorrow about another Armenian citizen died in Nice,” the statement said. Earlier the Foreign Ministry reported that an Armenian citizen was killed in the July 14 terrorist attack in Nice.

“Details are being clarified. The Armenian Consulate General in Marseille is in contact with the family of the victim for providing necessary assistance,” the MFA said.

Scores of people were killed Thursday night when a large truck plowed through a Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France, in what President Francois Hollande called a terror attack.

The French Interior Ministry reported about 84 people being dead and 18 in critical condition. The driver opened fire on people in the crowd. Police fired back and the driver was eventually shot dead. The perpetrator of the attack is Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old French Tunisian.

The Armenian woman killed in Nice attack saved her baby by covering the carriage with her body, witness Susan Mkhitaryan said.

Members of the Armenian community came together at St. Philip Church in Nice this week, where the Primate of the Armenian Church of France and of Europe, Bishop Vahan Hovhannisyan celebrated a Holy Mass in memory of victims of the attack in Nice, Nouvelles d’Armenie reports.

He was accompanied by Fr. Krikor Khachatryan.

The faithful then went to the Promenade des Anglais to pray. “We came to honor the victims and show our solidarity, our compassion and share the pain of Nice. To pray is an act of faith but also of resistance, because there must be hope in life,”

Hovhannisyan said.