Nice attack: Tuesday a.m. quick update
Nice attacker searched Orlando massacre, jihadi images before rampage: prosecutor
[IsraelTimes] The truck driver who killed 85 people in the French city of Nice showed a “clear, recent interest” in radical Islam, the Paris prosecutor said Monday, confirming the attack was “premeditated.”
The investigation showed Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel had trawled the internet for information on a terror attack in the US city of Orlando and on the killing of a police couple in a Paris suburb last month, Francois Molins said. A search of his computer also found violent images “linked to radical Islam,” he told a press conference in Paris. Molins said the investigation confirmed the attack was “premeditated,” and said 13 victims had yet to be identified.
However he said no clear link had been established between the father of three and the Islamic State group which claimed the Bastille Day carnage.
Photographs found on the attacker’s mobile phone showed he staked out the promenade in the days before he struck, he added. Bouhlel had used the rented truck to stake out the Nice seafront for two consecutive days before striking.
Uncle says Nice attacker recruited by Algerian IS member
[IsraelTimes] The uncle of the truck driver who killed 84 people on the French Riviera last week says his nephew was indoctrinated about two weeks ago by an Algerian member of the Islamic State group in Nice. The driver’s uncle, Sadok Bouhlel, tells The Associated Press that given Bouhlel’s family problems — he was estranged from his wife and three children — the Algerian “found in Mohamed an easy prey for recruitment.”
“Mohamed didn’t pray, didn’t go to the mosque and ate pork,” says Sadok Bouhlel, a 69-year-old retired teacher, in the driver’s hometown of Msaken, Tunisia. He says he learned about the Algerian recruiter from extended family members who live in Nice.
Phones, cocaine found at home of Nice attack suspect
[IsraelTimes] French officials say police found 11 telephones, cocaine and 2,600 euros ($2,900) in cash at the home of a suspect held in the investigation into the deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice. At the home of one of the suspects, an Albanian national, investigators find the phones and cocaine, according to that official and the Paris prosecutor’s office.
The suspect is among seven people in custody in the probe into last week’s attack, which killed 84 people. Three of the suspects are brought to French intelligence headquarters in Paris on Monday to face eventual terrorism charges, according to a security official.
Posted by: trailing wife 2016-07-19