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Nice terror tragedy kills 84, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel named as attacker

The Perpetrator Of Nice's Worst Ever Terror Attack Was Reportedly A Married Father Of Three Who Neighbours Described As A Loner With A George Clooney Haircut.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nivedita R | Updated on: 15 Jul 2016, 06:41:04 PM

New Delhi:

In one of the dreadful attacks, a terrorist drove a lorry through the crowds, during Bastille Day celebrations in France Riviera city of Nice, killing 84 people including several children. The French police is suspecting Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31-year-old French-Tunisian delivery driver, to be a mastermind behind the attack. 

He is reported to have driven a 19-tonne white Renault lorry into crowds. Lahouaiej Bouhlel’s identity as the driver has not been confirmed by the French police. 

The perpetrator of Nice's worst ever terror attack was reportedly a married father of three who neighbours described as a "loner" with a George Clooney haircut.

As per several French reports, Bouhel was born in Tunisia in 1985 and had a French residency permit. Police raided his flat, where he supposedly lived alone, in the Abattoirs area of the city on Friday morning. 

Besides, according to Tunisian security sources, Lahouaiej Bouhlel hailed from the Tunisian town of Msaken, which is close to the seaside city of Sousse, where 38 people, including 30 Britons, were gunned down by terrorists in June 2015. 

One of the French television stations reported that he was a divorced father of three who had become depressed following the breakdown of his marriage. His neighbors told the channel he was not particularly interested in religion, adding that he preferred girls and salsa.

They said that he had been unhappy since his divorce and that he suffered from financial problems. Neighbors described him as "depressed and unstable, even agressive" of late. They put this down to his "marital and financial problems".

Furthermore, police are searching for any accomplices to the attack, which appears to have been well thought-out. They found a pistol, a larger gun, and a number of fake weapons and grenades in his vehicle after the attack.
 It is believed that he may have hired the lorry on Wednesday night and boarded it "in the hills of Nice" before driving down to the promenade, according to CCTV footage. More than 100 were injured in the horrifying attack.

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First Published : 15 Jul 2016, 06:34:00 PM