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Nice attacker had researched on Orlando gay club massacre

AFP
Published Jul 18, 2016, 9:06 pm IST
Updated Jul 18, 2016, 9:08 pm IST
He also had on his computer violent images linked to radical Islam, says Paris prosecutor Francois Molins.
Investigations also showed he had grown a beard eight days before the attack, telling people the meaning of this beard is religious. (Photo: AP)
 Investigations also showed he had grown a beard eight days before the attack, telling people the meaning of this beard is religious. (Photo: AP)

Paris: France truck attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had a "clear, recent interest in the radical jihadist movement", Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Monday.

Investigations showed the Tunisian had searched on the internet for information on a terror attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando and the Paris suburb of Magnanville where a police couple were killed last month. Molins said the attack was "of a premeditated nature."

 

Bouhlel staked out the site of the carnage in Nice, the Promenade des Anglais, on several occasions, took selfies there throughout the day of the attack and had reserved the rented truck on July 4.

Since July 1, he had also made several internet searches for "horrible fatal accident" and had on his computer violent images "linked to radical Islam".

Investigations also showed he had grown a beard eight days before the attack, telling people "the meaning of this beard is religious".

Authorities believe Bouhlel was radicalised very quickly, as he had never shown signs of religious fervour until recently.

 

According to Molins, the attacker drank alcohol, ate pork, took drugs and engaged in "unbridled sexual activity."

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