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Bono was evacuated from a restaurant in Nice by armed police after horror attack

The U2 frontman was reportedly among diners in a restaurant who took cover during the massacre.

Bono owns a home in Eze on the French Riviera.
Bono owns a home in Eze on the French Riviera.
Image: AP/Press Association Images

BONO WAS EVACUATED from a restaurant in Nice under armed police guard following the horrific attack in the city that left 84 people dead.

French newspaper Le Parisien is reporting that the U2 frontman was dining with friends at a restaurant near the seafront when Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel rammed a truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day.

The paper says that Bono was dining with well-known chef Alain Ducasse and Eric Dupont-Moretti, a lawyer for French footballer Karim Benzema, at La Petite Maison near the Promenade des Anglais.

Owner of the restaurant Anne-Laure Rubi is quoted as saying that that there was “panic” as people outside the restaurant began fleeing in terror as the attack was taking place.

“There was a panic, because some people who ran collapsed in front of the terrace. All guests are brought indoors. We closed the gates,” she said.

PastedImage-97519 The restaurant is one street up from the promenade where the attack took place. Source: Google Maps

Another patron told the newspaper that they kept people in the restaurant for 30 minutes before armed police came and led them to safety. He says that Bono and his dining companions were among those who left the restaurant with their hands on their head.

Footage of the aftermath of the attack showed hundreds of people fleeing the area amid fears that there was an ongoing hostage situation and a possible second attack.

Read: Idris Elba’s Bastille Day pulled from cinemas after Nice lorry massacre >

Read: Update: ‘No reason to believe’ Irish people caught up in Nice terror attack >

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