Five children fighting for lives after Nice terror attack
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Five children fighting for lives after Nice terror attack

Another 10 kids, teens among 84 murdered when Tunisian-born Islamist plowed truck into a Bastille Day crowd in French Riviera city

Women comfort each other outside Pasteur Hospital in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 16, 2016, after the July 14 truck attack that killed 84 people on France's national holiday. (AFP Photo/Anne-Christine Poujoulat)
Women comfort each other outside Pasteur Hospital in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 16, 2016, after the July 14 truck attack that killed 84 people on France's national holiday. (AFP Photo/Anne-Christine Poujoulat)

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 pediatric 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 stabilized,” adding the hospital had treated 30 children the night of the attack.

Romanian authorities said three of their citizens were 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.

A picture taken on July 16, 2016 shows the Fondation Lenval paediatric hospital in Nice, where five children are still fighting for their lives, two days after the truck attack in Nice. Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, smashed a 19-tonne truck into a packed crowd just as a fireworks display was ending. (AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT)
A picture taken on July 16, 2016 shows the Fondation Lenval pediatric hospital in Nice, where five children are still fighting for their lives, two days after the truck attack in Nice, France. (AFP Photo/Boris Horvat)

“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 counselors 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 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 (IS).”

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