Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel who drove through a crowd of tourists in Nice was not a “lone-wolf,” but executed a plan that was premeditated for a year.
The man who on July 14 drove a 19-tonne truck through into the crowd in Nice killing 84 people was executing a plan, with “support and accomplices.”
In a press conference, the revelation by Paris prosecutor Francois Molins made clear that the attack on Bastille Day was the result of a terrorist organization and that the five suspects currently in custody are directly linked to the attack.
The evidence to this end is provided by Bouhlel’s cell phone and computer, which suggest he had visited the site and was preparing the attack at least since 2015. The cell phone included a photo last year’s Bastille Day fireworks on the des Anglais Promenade site and information on an amphetamine pill that Jihadi fighters use. Captagon causes a surge of euphoria, suspending inhibitions and fear.
The Islamic State has claimed Bouhlel as a “soldier” of the organization, but has claimed the person rather than the act. Molins said last Thursday there was no direct evidence linking Bouhlel to ISIS.
He meets the stereotypical profile of terrorists in France and Belgium in all respects but one. Although of Tunisian descent, Bouhlel was born and raised in France had a background of petty-criminality; however, he did not have a background with militant Islam and was unknown to secret services.