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Nice Attack: Facebook Reunites Baby Lost In Melee With Parents

'We have lost our eight-month-old baby'

15/07/2016 13:31 | Updated 15 July 2016

A couple, who lost their baby boy in the chaos as a speeding truck drove into crowds on a Nice promenade, have been reunited with their son.

The eight-month-old rolled away in his blue pram when the lorry mounted the pavement and killed 84 people who had gathered to watch a display of fireworks celebrating Bastille Day.

The child’s aunt Tiava Banner sent out an appeal on Facebook pleading for information about her nephew.

She wrote: “We have lost our eight-month-old baby.

“Friends of Nice, if you have seen him, if you were there, if you have picked him up, please contact me.”

The post was shared more than 22,000 times and hours later Banner updated her post to reflect the baby had been found safe and well.

“Thank you so much!” she wrote.

Explaining that other members of the family had been hospitalised in the attack, Banner extended her gratitude to everyone who had shared the image.

A member of the family contacted by AFP said: “A young woman found him and took him home with her. She then went online and found the photo of the baby on Facebook.”

She then contacted Banner, reuniting the little boy with his family.

The attacker has been named as 31-year-old Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.

He was shot dead by police in a hail of bullets.

No group has claimed responsibility for the carnage, but French officials called it an undeniable act of terror.

The assault on revelers in the southern French city rocked a nation still dealing with the aftermath of two attacks in Paris last year that killed 147 people and were claimed by the Islamic State extremist group. 

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    French police forces and forensic officers stand next to a truck July 15, 2016 that ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday in Nice, France.
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    The truck which slammed into revelers.
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    In this video grab taken Thursday July 14, 2016, ambulances and Police cars are seen after a truck drove on to the sidewalk.
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    A policeman chases people out of the cordoned-off area.
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    French soldiers stand guard.
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    Police officers seal off the area.
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    A police car is parked near the scene of the attack.
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    Police officers secure the scene.
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    Ambulances line up near the scene of the attack.
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    Police officers and soldiers block the access to the scene.
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    French police forces and forensic officers stand next to the truck.
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    A forensic officer stands near a van with its windscreen riddled with bullets.
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    A man runs near the scene of the attack.
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    Bodies are seen on the ground.
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    French soldiers cordon the area.
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