July 18, 2016
Molins told a press conference Monday that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had planned the massacre several days before Bastille Day and had recently developed an interest in radical Islam. “Although there are no elements in the investigation to suggest at this stage an allegiance to “Islamic State” (IS) or links with individuals from the group … he [Bouhlel] showed a certain recent interest for radical jihadist movements,” the Paris prosecutor added. On July 14, Bouhlel – a Tunisian living in Nice – used his 19-ton truck as a deadly weapon, plowing the vehicle into revelers and killing 84 people. IS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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