Two Americans Killed in Truck Attack in France: State Department

Authorities investigate a truck after it plowed through Bastille Day revelers in the French resort city of Nice, France, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Sasha Goldsmith via AP)
Authorities investigate a truck after it plowed through Bastille Day revelers in the French resort city of Nice, France, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Sasha Goldsmith via AP)

MOSCOW -- Two Americans are among the dead from France's Bastille Day attack.

State Department spokesman John Kirby says the pair was among those killed in Nice on Thursday when a large truck plowed through a crowd gathered for fireworks. More than 80 died in all.

Kirby didn't identify the individuals by name, citing privacy concerns.

But the two were identified as a father and son from Texas who were vacationing abroad, according to an article in The Austin American-Statesman.

Sean Copeland, 51, and his 11-year-old son Brodie were in Nice on a family vacation, the family confirmed through their friend Jess Davis, the newspaper reported.

"We are heartbroken and in shock over the loss of Brodie Copeland, an amazing son and brother who lit up our lives, and Sean Copeland, a wonderful husband and father,” the family said in a statement, according to the article. "They are so loved."

Kirby said the U.S. is providing assistance to those affected by the attack, while the embassy tries to account for all Americans in the Mediterranean city.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

But French President Francois Hollande says "the terrorist character" of the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice cannot be denied.

And FBI Director James Comey said U.S. military battlefield successes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, also known as ISIL, is forcing the terror group to increase attacks on western targets.

"We all know, there will be a terrorist diaspora out of the caliphate as military force crushes the caliphate," Comey testified, according to an article in The Washington Examiner. "Those thousands of fighters are going to go someplace. Our job is to spot them and stop them before they come to the United States to harm innocent people."

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