WATCH: Duterte condemns Nice attack

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Posted at Jul 16 2016 09:35 AM

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President Rodrigo Duterte expressed solidarity with France as he condemned what he called a terrorist act when a truck ploughed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice on Thursday night, killing over 80 people.

"I would like to take this opportunity to make a public statement to say that we share the grief of France in the rampage of multiple murders of their citizens," Duterte said in a video released Saturday by RTVM.

Reuters reported that the attacker, identified by a police source as a 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman, also opened fire before officers shot him dead. The man was not on the watch list of French intelligence services, but was known to the police in connection with common crimes such as theft and violence, the source said.

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"We join the rest of the world in mourning and express our solidarity with France against terrorists, against what is fundamentally evil. Rest assured we join you in the fight against terrorism," Duterte said.