Since the latest Muslim terrorists attack has pretty much been swept away by other news, at least here in the states, it’s curious to note that the piece of garbage killer sure did have a lot of disposable cash for a guy who allegedly drove a truck for a living and had recently been fired.
The terrorist behind the Bastille Day atrocity was radicalised in a matter of weeks, French officials indicated on Saturday after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the lorry rampage and described him as a “soldier of Islam”. Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a loner with mental health problems, was said to have sent money to his family in Tunisia and told a van hire company “I want the heaviest truck you have” as he hastily plotted the massacre.
The attack has prompted fresh security concerns around French authorities, amid claims too few police officers were on duty when the horror unfolded on Nice’s waterfront. Last night, police were still piecing together Bouhlel’s terror network as they questioned five suspected associates after co-ordinated raids in Nice, including at least three in a largely Tunisian region of the city two miles from the killer’s home.Among those arrested was Harj Khalfallah, his estranged wife, who took herself to her local police station as details of the attack emerged.
Police searched her 12th floor flat at Boulevard Henri Sappia and a neighbour claimed she was still in custody last night.Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, said the attacker “appears to have become radicalised very quickly”, as one neighbour of his estranged wife added: “Mohamed only started visiting a mosque in April.”The killerFriends told police how Bouhlel had only newly grown a beard and expressed extremist views in recent weeks, authorities confirmed.
“They said he had started coming out with extremist statements and had suddenly developed an interest in radical Islam,” one official source told The Sunday Telegraph.Bouhlel’s phone records prove he was in contact with known Islamic radicals. Authorities confirmed “he seems to have known people who knew Omar Diaby”, an Islamist believed to be linked with the Al Nusra group, which is close to Al Qaeda.
In the days before the attack, it is said Bouhlel persuaded friends to send $142,000 in cash back to his family in their hometown of Msaken, about 20 km from Sousse, where Tunisian gunman Seifeddine Rezgui massacred 38 holidaymakers in June last year.”Mohamed sent the family 240,000 Tunisian Dinars ($142,000) in the last few days,” the attacker’s brother, Jaber Bouhlel told one reporter in Tunisia.”He used to send us small sums of money regularly like most Tunisians working abroad. But then he sent us all that money, it was a fortune.