President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted saying he was “appalled by the cowardly nature of the Nice attack. My condolences are with the grief-stricken French nation”.
At least 84 people are dead, including two Americans, after the Bastille Day attack, which French authorities are investigating as a possible terrorist attack. Police say an ID found with the driver belongs to a French man of Tunisian descent, with a petty criminal record.
Nice-Matin posted photographs of the truck, its windshield starred by a score of bullets and its radiator grille destroyed.
Since the Islamic State attacks last year, major public events in France have been guarded by troops and armed police, but it appeared to have taken some minutes to halt the progress of the deadly truck as it tore along pavements and a pedestrian zone.
Police told residents of the city, located 30 km (20 miles) from the Italian border, to stay indoors as they conducted further operations, though there was no sign of any other attack. (Colombo Gazette)