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Nice Truck Crash Is Just Latest Terror to Strike France, Europe

by Daniella Silva and The Associated Press /  / Updated 
Image: Candles and a small statue of the Eiffel tower at a memorial
Candles and a small statue of the Eiffel tower are placed along a police cordon set-up close to the Bataclan concert hall on November 15, 2015, two days after a series of deadly attacks. Islamic State jihadists claimed a series of coordinated attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris on November 13 that killed at least 128 people in scenes of carnage at a concert hall, restaurants and the national stadium. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty ImagesMIGUEL MEDINA / AFP - Getty Images

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A truck that plowed into a group of people during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice on Thursday is just the latest onslaught on a region that was still healing from string of brutal terror attacks.

Exact motivations in the attack were still unclear French officials said "the individual who was driving the truck was neutralized," and a terrorism investigation has been opened.

Related: Scenes of Fear After Truck Slams Into Crowd in France

And the incident in Nice comes a month after an ISIS supporter killed two French police officers in the Paris suburb of Magnanville in a stabbing overnight on June 14, and a series of other terror attacks around the continent:

— July 14, 2016: A truck plows through Bastille Day revelers in Nice, killing dozens of people.

— March 22, 2016: Suicide attacks on the Brussels airport and subway kill 32 and injure hundreds. The perpetrators have been closely linked to the group that carried out the attacks in Paris.

— Nov. 13, 2015: ISIS-linked extremists attack the Bataclan concert hall and other sites across Paris, killing 130 people. A key suspect in the attack, 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam, is arrested in Brussels on March 18, 2016.

— Feb. 14, 2015: A gunman kills Danish filmmaker Finn Noergaard and wounds three police officers in Copenhagen. A day later the gunman, Omar El-Hussein, attacks a synagogue, killing a Jewish guard and wounding two police officers before being shot dead.

— Jan. 7-9, 2015: A gun assault on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and an attack on a kosher grocery store kills 17 people. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claims responsibility for the attack, saying it was in revenge for Charlie Hebdo's depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

— May 24, 2014: Four people are killed at the Jewish Museum in Brussels by an intruder with a Kalashnikov. The accused is a former French fighter linked to the ISIS group in Syria.

— May 22, 2013: Two al-Qaeda-inspired extremists run down British soldier Lee Rigby in a London street, then stab and hack him to death.

— March 2012: A gunman claiming links to al-Qaeda kills three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers in Toulouse, southern France.

— July 22, 2011: Anti-Muslim extremist Anders Behring Breivik plants a bomb in Oslo then launches a shooting massacre on a youth camp on Norway's Utoya island, killing 77 people, many of them teenagers.

— Nov. 2, 2011: The offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris are firebombed after the satirical magazine runs a cover featuring a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. No one is injured.

— March 2, 2011: Islamic extremist Arid Uka shoots dead two U.S. airmen and injures two others at Frankfurt airport after apparently being inspired by a fake internet video purporting to show American atrocities in Afghanistan.

— July 7, 2005: 52 commuters are killed in London when four al Qaeda-inspired suicide bombers blow themselves up on three subway trains and a bus.

— March 11, 2004: Bombs on four Madrid commuter trains in the morning rush hour kill 191 people.

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