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Bastille Day attack: Rihanna ‘safe’ in Nice after arriving in French city just hours before the deadly truck attack which has left at least 80 dead

Rihanna set for Friday night in Nice, France has been cancelled

Rihanna was in Nice, France, during the deadly truck and shooting rampage which has left at least people dead and dozens injured.

A representative for the pop star confirmed to Just Jared that the 28-year-old was in the city on Thursday during the Bastille Day attack.

The rep told the website: ‘She is safe. She is ok.’

Safe: Rihanna (pictured Wednesday) was in Nice, France, during the deadly truck and shooting rampage which has left at least 80 people dead and dozens injured

Rihanna had arrived in the city as part of her Anti World Tour with the star scheduled to perform Friday night.

The Mayor of Nice has since announced that Rihanna’s concert, along with city’s jazz festival the following day, is canceled.

Rihanna had performed in Milan, Italy, on Wednesday night before heading to the seaside town of Nice.

It is not known whether she was with revelers watching fireworks as part of the celebration of Bastille Day when the attack occurred.

Horrific tragedy: The star had arrived in the city just hours before at least one man drove a truck through crowds watching fireworks before opening fire on them. The attack has left many dead including children

At least 80 people have been killed and more than 50 injured after a truck mowed down crowds gathered in the street.

According to eyewitnesses and officials the driver of the huge white lorry drove over a mile crushing people, including children, gathered on the famed Promenade des Anglais before the driver got out and sprayed crowds with bullets.

Eyewitnesses say there was an exchange of gunfire in the aftermath of the incident before the driver was shot dead.

Cancelled: Rihanna was scheduled to perform in Nice on Friday night as part of her Anti World Tour. The Mayor of Nice has since announced the concert, along with city's jazz festival the following day, is cancelled

Canceled: Rihanna was scheduled to perform in Nice on Friday night as part of her Anti World Tour. The Mayor of Nice has since announced the concert, along with city’s jazz festival the following day, is canceled

Not clear: Rihanna had performed in Milan, Italy, on Wednesday (pictured) and it is not known whether she was with revelers watching fireworks as part of the celebration of Bastille Day when the attack occurred

Horrific: According to eyewitnesses and officials the driver of the huge white lorry drove over a mile crushing people gathered on the famed Promenade des Anglais before the driver got out and started shooting

Guns and grenades were later said to have been found inside the truck.

Officials have confirmed they have shot the driver. A second man is believed to be on the run.

President Francois Hollande has called the tragedy a terrorist attack, saying, ‘it is all of France which is under the threat of Islamic terrorism.

Unimaginable horror: As authorities scrambled to help those gravely injured, the bodies of those killed were left while they fell with this man refusing to leave his loved one

‘So in these circumstances we must show absolute vigilance and a determination without end.’

He has also extended France’s State of Emergency, which was set to end July 26, for another three months.

The county was under a State of Emergency following the Islamic State attacks in Paris in November that left 130 people dead.

Crackdown: President Francois Hollande has called the tragedy a terrorist attack and has extended France’s State of Emergency, which was set to end July 26, for another three months.




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