Bern, Switzerland | Public Relations staff, Inter-Europe Division

A truck drove into a crowd during Bastille Day ceremonies late Thursday in Nice, France, killing dozens of people. French President Francois Hollande has called it an act of terror.

The attack happened on Bastille Day, a major holiday in France. Victims had been watching fireworks on the beach and were walking down a promenade, either going back home or to their cars.

"Once again we are witnessing senseless cruelty and violence. We firmly condemn such horrifying actions."

According to the local pastor, seven Adventist members have been injured during the attack.

Blood donations are more than welcome, according to local authorities.

"We appeal to our local church members to support efforts of assistance and aid. We appeal to our global church members to pray intensely for all those involved in this tragedy."