“Send more arms”, reads one of the text messages Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, the killer responsible for the massacre in Nice, on the Promenade des Anglais, sent from his cell phone –currently in the hands of the investigators – right before driving a lorry into thousands of tourists who were in the city overlooking the French Riviera to celebrate the Republic Day in France.
Moreover, a few days before the attack (on 12 and 13 July), he had also carried out inspections on the Promenade des Anglais. Thanks to the images of the video surveillance cameras “we can see him driving the lorry, as he thoroughly examines the site”, Europe 1 radio says.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel is a French-Tunisian man, 31, already known to the police for violence and use of weapons, on probation. He was also depressed after divorce. “He is a terrorist connected to radical Islam”, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said. According to Tunisian sources, he was a Tunisian who emigrated together with his father, an Islamic extremist. He has tricked the security services of the Promenade des Anglais pretending to be an ice cream supplier.
At present, 85 people are still at the hospital, 29 of whom are in intensive care, including a child who is still on the danger list. There is only one more victim to be identified among the 84 people who were killed.
“Terrorism will be part of our daily lives for a long time, but we will win,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told Journal du Dimanche. “We must be clear: it is a new era.”