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Five children fighting for lives after Nice truck attack

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Five children fighting for lives after Nice truck attack
A woman reacts after she found out the death of her grandson as she still searches for her daughter at the Pasteur hospital in Nice. Photo: AFP
16:44 CEST+02:00
Five children were still fighting for their lives after the truck attack in Nice, including an unidentified eight-year-old boy who may be a missing Romanian national, officials said Saturday.

The children were being treated at the Fondation Lenval paediatric hospital in the French Riviera city, where a Tunisian drove a truck through a Bastille Day crowd on Thursday, killing 84.

Ten children and teenagers were among the dead.

Lenval spokeswoman Stephanie Simpson said that “five children are still in critical condition and one child has stabilised”, adding the hospital had treated 30 children the night of the attack.

Romanian authorities said three of their citizens are missing from Nice, and one of them may be the boy at Lenval.

“Three Romanian nationals, two spouses and a minor, who were in the Nice area at the time of the attack have not yet been located”, Romania's foreign affairs ministry said.

“There is one minor (at Lenval) who could be the missing child”, it added.

Simpson, the hospital spokeswoman, said the youngest to be treated at Lenval was six months old, with most of the children being treated for head trauma and fractures.

“We are used to treating lots of children, what has been difficult to manage is the psychological aspect,” Simpson said.

A team of trauma counsellors has been working at the hospital, seeing over 50 families since the attack.

Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, smashed a 19-tonne truck into a packed crowd just as a fireworks display was ending.

The Islamic State (Isis) group, which claimed the November carnage in Paris that killed 130 people, said one of its “soldiers” carried out the attack in Nice “in response to calls to target nations of coalition states that are fighting (Isis)”.

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