Two suspects detained for Nice attack

NiceMNA International Desk: According to reports, two suspects were detained for Nice truck attack. Law enforcement agency detained a man and a woman in the French city of Nice on Sunday morning in link with the truck attack that killed at least 84 people celebrating Bastille Day.

“The person who carried out the operation in Nice, France, to run down people was one of the soldiers of Islamic State. He carried out the operation in response to calls to target nationals of states that are part of the coalition fighting Islamic State.” the Amaq news agency said on its Telegram account.

French authorities have yet to create any indication that the 31 year-old Tunisian killer, shot dead by police in the attack, had turned to radical Islam.

“It seems that he was radicalized very quickly-in any case these are the elements that have come up from the testimony of the people around him,” Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

He drove at the mob in the Riviera city on Thursday night, zigzagging along the waterfront Promenade des Anglais for two kilometers as a sparklers display marking the French national day ended, until police eventually shot him dead.

A state of emergency in place since the Paris killings last November is to be extended for another three months. However, the Tunisian spent years seeing psychologists before leaving Tunisia for France in 2005, his sister has said.

“My brother had psychological problems, and we have given the police documents showing that he had been seeing psychologists for several years,” Rabeb Bouhlel, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel’s sister told to media.

Bouhlel’s father also told that the family had sought medical treatment after his son had a breakdown.

“He had psychological problems that caused a nervous breakdown; he would become angry, shout, and break everything around him. We had to take him to the doctor.” His sister also said.

According to neighbors and relatives who expressed shock at the Nice attack, said Bouhlel as sporty, uninterested in religion and from a regular family.

Rebab, Bouhlel’s sister, said her brother had not been in the habit of calling the family. “But recently, over the past month, he was calling us every day and he sent us money … He called several times a day.”

Ibrahim Bouhlel, a nephew, said his uncle had never had money problems, and had told relatives this week that he was scheduling a trip back to Tunisia for a family party.

French detectives have not revealed any direct indication involving Bouhlel with jihadism, although the militant group Islamic State claimed accountability for the attack on Saturday.


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