I see what Louis is saying. When someone of Muslim faith kills people, it's automatically assumed to be Islamic terrorism. In this case that's turned out to be correct, but I believe she meant it's sad that it's become the default view if muslim killers as opposed to just being nut jobs. Correct me if I'm putting words in your mouth, Louis
It's much more sad that 84 people were horrifically murdered and the death toll is rising.
I have some famous friends and I have mostly not famous friends.
Why can't both be sad? Why does it have to be one or the other? One doesn't diminish the other
I read that Isis claimed credit but I guess they could be talking out their ass
Yes ISIS said they were behind the attack. I read that he'd been radicalised pretty quickly.
Also he had an automatic weapon and even more guns in his truck. That kind if arsenal is a lot harder to pull off in Europe without terrorist ties
Awful insane, evil act. Brutal.
Of course IS claims responsibility. Even though that coward was likely a diagnosed mental disorded bastard and in therapy. If Andreas Lubitz (killed 150 in a plane crash) would have been a Muslim, IS would have claimed responsibility too despite all the medical reports and statements from family members.
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Within minutes the attack was over, with Bouhlel dead in a hail of police gunfire. Inside the driver's cab lay a loaded handgun, three replica firearms and an empty grenade.
Investigators are looking into how Bouhlel acquired the cache of weapons.
Nice terror attack: Police vans blocking promenade withdrawn hours before. Â*Isil claims responsibility for Bastille Day carnage which killed 84 people, as French minister says Bouhlel was 'radicalised very quickly'
However, David Thomson, an expert on Islamist terrorism, pointed out that Isil has never been known in the past to claim an attack it did not order and plan.
“Until now, they’ve never claimed an attack opportunistically although they could have done so many times,” Mr Thomson said.
“There must be links (with radical Islam) and if they’re claiming it, that must mean there’s proof of those links and they will make them public.
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This is so horrid. There is nothing you can do but cry,cry,cry. And I have.
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Nice Attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel ‘Wasn’t A Muslim, He Was A S**t’, Wife’s Cousin Says
The Tunisian-born 31-year-old was not on a terror watch list.
07/15/2016 11:30 am 11:30:18 | Updated 1 day ago
This ID card bearing the name of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel
The man behind the Nice truck attack drank alcohol, beat his wife and has been described as “not a Muslim but a shit”.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, who was born in Tunisia and had dual French citizenship, drove a rented truck through a crowd on a seaside promenade celebrating Bastille Day late on Thursday night, killing 84.
He was shot dead by police and the truck’s windscreen was riddled with bullet holes as they investigated it after the incident.
Police were searching his home on Friday and local newspaper Nice Matin said he worked as a truck driver.
He was reported to be a “loner” who became depressed after his wife left him. French TV reported that he was a father to three children.
His wife’s cousin Walid Hamou told MailOnline: “Bouhlel was not religious. He did not go to the mosque, he did not pray, he did not observe Ramadan. He drank alcohol, ate pork and took drugs. This is all forbidden under Islam.
‘He was not a Muslim, he was a shit. He beat his wife, my cousin, he was a nasty piece of work.”
Neighbours described him as “unstable even aggressive of late”.
One told BFM TV: “He was rude and bit weird. We would hold the door open for him and he would just blank him.
“He kept himself to himself but would always rant about his wife. He had marital problems and would tell people in the local cafe. He scared my children though.”
Another neighbour, also from Tunisia, told L’Express: “On the Thursday night he was drinking with a colleague and they argued. His pal said ‘you’re worth nothing’ and he replied: ‘One day, you’ll hear about me.’”
Witnesses said they saw parents frantically throwing their children over fences to avoid them being struck by the lorry.
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Agence France Presse reported that Bouhlel’s identity papers were found in the truck.
He was known to police for crimes including theft and violence but was not on any terror watch list.
His latest conviction was in March, when he received a six-month suspended sentence for violence with a weapon, having used a wooden pallet against another driver during a traffic incident.
The Telegraph quoted a source who said: “He was known to the police for violence, and using weapons, but had no direct links with terrorism... His identity card was found in the lorry. He had French and Tunisian nationality.”
His wife was reportedly taken into protective custody by police after the incident.
Regional president Christian Estrosi said CCTV showed him boarding the truck in the hills outside Nice.
A search of the truck uncovered a pistol and some fake weapons, including fake grenades.
Eyewitnesses said there were “bodies everywhere” in the aftermath.
The attack has shocked France, with Prime Minister Manuel Valls declaring three days of mourning.
This follows the three days of mourning the nation observed in November, following the Paris terror attacks that left 130 dead and many more injured.
A state of emergency, which was imposed following the Paris attacks and was due to end on July 26, has now been extended for another three months.
Earlier, President Francois Hollande said “the terrorist character cannot be denied”.
“France is filled with sadness by this new tragedy... All of France is under the threat of Islamic terrorists,” he said.
Nice Attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel 'Wasn't A Muslim, He Was A S**t', Wife's Cousin Says
Last words of Bastille killer: 'Happy' terrorist calls family and sends selfie hours before slaughter of 84
Bastille Day killer Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel sent a smirking selfie to his family just hours before slaughtering 84 people in the Nice atrocity.
Bouhlel, 31, made a chirpy phone call home before sending brother Jaber a snap of himself posing with pals in the French resort at 4pm.
At 10.30pm the Tunisian, who was on medication to control his rages and said to suffer severe psychotic attacks, drove a 19-tonne articulated lorry through crowds watching a fireworks display on the Promenade des Anglais, and was shot dead by police.
Brother Jaber Bouhlel, 19, said: “He sent a selfie and told me he was happy and everything in his life was normal.
“Later when we heard about what was happening in Nice we started to send him messages asking if he was all right. We here were sending him messages until two in the morning.”
Our exclusive picture of Bouhlel celebrating his high school graduation aged 17 shows an angel-faced teenager in Msaken, Tunisia.
However, he had been plagued by bouts of severe mental illness since childhood.
By the time the photo was taken, friends say he had already begun drinking and smoking strong cannabis, which worsened his attacks.
Another picture shows his gym-hardened physique as he strolled along a beach in France last December.
Bouhlel’s brother-in-law Chokri Amimi, 35, told the Sunday Mirror: “Mohamed was mentally sick from childhood.
"From 12 years old he had problems and he suffered these shock attacks at school.
“He was one of seven brothers and three sisters, but he was always the ill one. He did not help himself.
"He smoked lots of drugs, like strong weed, and drank everything that was going despite knowing he was mentally sick.
“He may have said he was popular with the girls but only God knows if that is true.
“Then he moved to France in about 2005 and married his aunt’s daughter, who lived in Nice.
"But the family are always in conflict, they are always fighting. He was always doing drugs and it did not help the fits.
“His wife knew he was ill, but never told the police about it. She may have to answer questions about it now.”
His estranged wife Hajer Khalfallah was arrested on Friday.
Their three children, aged five, three and 18 months, are being held under police protection in France while she is *questioned about what she knew of her husband’s murderous plans.
But Bouhlel’s father Mohamed Mondher insisted his son was mentally ill but not a radicalised terrorist.
He said: “From 2002 to 2004 he had problems that led to a nervous *breakdown.
"He’d get angry and shout and broke everything in front of him. He was violent and very ill. We took him to the doctor and he was put on drugs.
“Whenever there was a crisis we took him back again. He was always alone. Always silent, refusing to talk.”
Mr Mondher insisted his son had “no connection with religion. He didn’t fast and keep Ramadan. He drank. He even took drugs”.
Family and friends in Nice described Bouhlel as a “weird loner” who beat his wife, did drugs and had a “George Clooney” haircut.
Bouhlel even took a knife to his daughter’s teddy-bear, one former French neighbour said.
“We often used to hear him shouting and throwing things around,” a neighbour said.
When he split up with his wife, he defecated everywhere in the flat, shredded his daughter’s teddy-bear with a knife and slashed mattresses, they said.
Other neighbours said he also had periods of silence when he appeared to retreat into himself.
“We never saw him bringing friends home. Sometimes he seemed depressed and hardly spoke,” one said.
Police were last night probing claims Bouhlel sent his family £84,000 in the days before, persuading friends to smuggle bundles of cash back home.
He had not been home in four years, and his brother Jaber said the family were stunned by the “fortune” he amassed while living in France.
“He used to send us small sums of money regularly like most Tunisians working abroad,” Jaber said. “But then he sent us all that money, a fortune.
“Mohamed sent us all of his savings, all of his worth in France. He had worked for eight years and this was the money he saved in France.”
Locals said the cash was being used to fund a property being built.
Bouhlel was already known to police for a history of petty crime, including theft and domestic violence, but was not under surveillance as a terrorist threat.
He was handed a six-month suspended sentence for violent conduct in March after hurling a wooden pallet at a driver in a road rage attack.
But Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said he could have been inspired by calls from extremist groups to carry out terrorist atrocities across France.
Detectives were last night trying to establish whether Bouhlel and four men arrested in police swoops across Nice following the attacks might have formed a distinct Islamic State cell.
The four and Bouhlel’s wife are under armed guard and being quizzed by dedicated anti-terrorist judges from Paris.
Anti-terror police swooped amid fears the attack was coordinated by a sleeper cell.
Islamic State yesterday claimed responsibility for the Nice outrage as they hailed Bouhlel as a “soldier of Islam”.
Last words of Bastille killer: 'Happy' terrorist calls family and sends selfie hours before slaughter of 84 - Mirror Online
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