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Russian diplomat confirms death of Russian national in terrorist attack in France’s Nice

July 17, 23:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"The identification procedure was a real torture. The parents confirmed the death of their daughter, Viktoria Savchenko," Russia’s Consul General in France’s Marseille Sergei Molchanov said
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MOSCOW, July 17. /TASS/. Russia’s Consul General in France’s Marseille Sergei Molchanov has confirmed on Sunday the death of a Russian national, Viktoria Savchenko, in a terrorist attack in the resort city of Nice.

"Regrettably, the sad news has been confirmed. The identification procedure was a real torture. The parents confirmed the death of their daughter, Viktoria Savchenko. The French side also notified the consulate general about her death," he said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel.

According to preliminary data of the Russian foreign ministry, two more Russian nationals are still missing. Molchanov told TASS earlier some of the Russian-speakers hurt in the terrorist attack are not Russian citizens.

"According to eyewitnesses, Russian citizen Viktoria Savchenko (born 1995) and Russian expatriate Natalia Otto may be among those killed," the Russian foreign ministry said. "Two more Russians are reported missing as of now. Russian nationals Poliva Serebryannikova (born 1995) and Galina Sokolova (born 1956) are in hospitals in Monaco and Nice."

On Thursday night, a truck plowed at full tilt into the crowd on the Promenade des Anglais when thousands of people were about to go away after the festive fireworks on the occasions of Bastille Day.

A total of 84 people died and more than 200 others were wounded, many of them severely. France has announced a three-day mourning over the victims.

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