Nice Attack Driver Is Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel: Photo, Facts About Bastille Day Terrorist
The crowd had gathered to celebrate Bastille Day in Nice, France when one man drove around in a lorry and plowed through revelers before he was stopped and killed by cops during a shootout. That man has been identified as a 31-year-old Tunisian by the police. He is responsible for the deaths of at least 60 people. The final death toll is yet to be confirmed.Advertisement
Following the incident, local newspaper Nice Matin indicate that police have identified the attacker, said to be a Nice resident of Tunisian origin. This is the information gathered on papers found inside the lorry.
Lahouaiej-Bouhlel has a criminal record for assaulting a motorist and on a suspended six-month prison sentence. But as for having ties to the ISIS or being radicalized, French investigators said he did not raise a red flag.
According to a report from BBC, the man was married but was divorced after beating his wife. He has three children.
A neighbor from the residential apartment he was renting said Lahouaiej-Bouhlel said he did not appear to be deeply religious. In fact, he drinks often and was never seen visiting a nearby mosque.
Another neighbor described him as “a goo-looking man who kept giving my two daughters the eye.”
The vehicle traveled at high speed, hitting every person in its path. AFP correspondent Robert Holloway, who was at the area when the incident happened, described the frightening moments. “We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around. I had to protect my face from flying debris,” he said. Holloway said it looked like a deliberate act of terror on the part of the man.
Following the incident, AFP reports that French President Francois Hollande has extended France’s state of emergency for three more months. He also said that the attack in Nice is of a “terrorist nature.”