– The driver who rammed a truck into a crowd in France has been identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel
– The 31-year-old from Nice was born in Tunisia
– He was described as a “weird loner”, who held a French passport
– The driver of the lorry was shot dead after which guns and grenades were found inside the lorry
French police forces and forensic officers stand next to a truck that ran into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day The terrorist who used a lorry to kill at least 84 people during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice has been named as a convicted criminal well known to the police for armed attacks. According to Telegraph, the 31-year-old Tunisian-born driver has been identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. He was described as a “weird loner”, reported to be a French passport holder who lived in the Riviera city and was regularly in trouble with the law.
The terrorist attacker who drove a truck into crowds in the French city of Nice killing at least 84 people came from the Tunisian town of Msaken which he last visited four years ago, Tunisian security sources said on Friday, July 15. The man, identified by French police sources was not known by the Tunisian authorities to hold radical or Islamist views, the sources said. Sources who said Bouhlel was married with three children did not say when he had last been resident in Tunisia.
Bouhel had left his French identity card in the hired 19-tonne lorry used to murder dozens of people on Thursday night. At least 10 children are among the dead following the “cowardly and barbaric” atrocity. As hundreds remain in hospital including 18 fighting for their lives in intensive care investigators have been searching the home of Bouhlel in the Abattoirs area of Nice and carried out a controlled explosion on a white box van nearby.
Meanwhile, former president Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the people of France over the terrorist’s attack which killed over 80 people. The former president via his twitter handle sympathized with them calling for global unity to combat the menace of terror.