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According to French media, the 31-year-old male suspected of ramming a truck through a crowd Thursday evening in Nice, killing at least 80, has been identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a Frenchman of Tunisian descent. Local outlet Nice-Matin reported that Bouhlel was a delivery driver who has previous misdemeanor convictions.
French prosecutor Francois Molins revealed the attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was born on January 3, 1985 in Tunisia, but was domicile in Nice. The police has detained Bouhlel’s ex-wife on Friday. He had records for threats, violence and petty theft between 2010 and 2016, but he had not record for the radicalization. Francois Molins said, “No group had admitted carrying out the attack but that it bore the hallmarks of jihadi terrorism.”
Local media in France are reporting that the driver of the truck was a local man, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. His apartment was searched this morning, in Nice, the reports say. Two French police officials say identity papers found along the attacker behind a killing spree in southeastern Nice belonged to a 31-year-old Frenchman of Tunisian descent with earlier misdemeanor convictions but no known link to extremist groups, the Washington Post published.
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The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said Friday that the papers were those of Nice resident. They cautioned that DNA and identity checks with acquaintances were pending to fully verify the identity.
The suspect died in a shootout with police after mowing down dozens of people with a truck on Nice’s seaside Promenade des Anglais during national Bastille Day revelry Thursday. The Paris prosecutor’s office, which is leading the investigation, declined to comment.
Local Nice-Matin set up a Facebook page for relatives of those missing, injured or killed in the attack, BBC News reports.
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French President Francois Holland said Friday, people caught up in the attack will carry trauma through their lives because of what they have seen, even if they’re not physically injured.
He said all of France should share the emotion and solidarity with the victims and their families and their loved ones. President Francois Hollande says 50 people injured in the Bastille day attack in Nice are now “between life and death” – in addition to the 84 known to have died.
A Bastille Day fireworks celebration ended in Nice with many death and mayhem on Thursday night, when a large truck barreled for more than a mile through an enormous crowd of spectators, crushing and maiming dozens in what France’s president called a terrorist assault, the New York Times reports.
The attack happens, eight months after the November 13, Paris attacks that traumatized the nation and all of Europe.
President Barack Obama on Friday ordered flags at the White House and other US government buildings to be flown at half-mast to honour victims of the attack in Nice.
Meanwhile, French news agency AFP is reporting that President Hollande has had telephone conversations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May and President Obama.
European Union foreign ministers will discuss the fight against terrorism at talks in Brussels on Monday, following a request from France.
- At least 84 people are dead, including many children, the interior ministry says
- A further 18 people are in a critical condition in hospital
- The driver of the lorry was shot dead by police
- French media reports say he has been identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who lived locally
- France has declared three days of national mourning, beginning on Saturday