Paris: France truck attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had a ‘clear, recent interest in the radical jihadist movement’, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins stated on 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’.