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Muslims in Nice fear backlash after truck rampage by fellow Muslim
by Elena Berton
Fatima Charrihi, a Muslim mother of seven, was the first victim to be struck by the truck on a murderous rampage through a crowd of Bastille Day revelers on Thursday. Several other Muslim residents of this French Riviera tourist spot also perished in the attack by fellow Muslim Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who killed 84 people and injured 200.
Though they suffered losses from the horrific attack by one of their own, many Muslims here fear their entire community will be the target of blame, just as French Muslims were victims of hate crimes following two terror attacks in Paris in January and November 2015.
"Life in Nice won't be the same again," said Nora Louzgani, 20, a university student from Morocco who was one of the thousands of celebrants on the waterfront when the truck drove over people for more than a mile before police shot Bouhlel dead.
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