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The driver who last night ploughed a 19-tonne white Renault lorry through Bastille Day crowds in Nice has been named as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.
The 31 year old was born in Tunisia but had French citizenship, living in Nice for a number of years and working as a delivery driver. He had three children, and is said to have been depressed following the breakdown of his marriage with their mother two years ago.
Terrorism - Watch-list - Convictions - Theft - Violence
Although he was not on the terrorism watch-list, he was known to police having had previous convictions for armed theft, conjugal violence and threatening behaviour. His most recent appearance in court was in March, where he was found guilty of violent conduct following a pub brawl in January.
According to French television station BFM TV, he was also on probation having recently fallen asleep at the wheel and crashing into four vehicles on a highway, it is claimed.
Pictures - Flat - Police - Hours - Attack
Pictures have emerged of the run-down flat he was living in, which was raided by police just hours after he carried out his deadly attack. Lahouaiej Bouhlel had left a number of identifying items in the cab of the truck, including an ID card, mobile phone and bank card, apparently wanting the public and the authorities to know who he was.
Those pictures show a plain apartment with little more than a computer and some papers strewn about. There are no pictures on the walls.
Computer - Keystone - Attack - Police - Discover
That computer is likely to form the keystone in investigating the attack, as police discover which websites he had been visiting, his social media activity, and crucially whether there was anyone else involved in planning the attack.
At the moment, there seem to be few links to Islam or terrorism in his background, although witnesses say he shouted “Allahu Akbar” – God is the greatest – as he carried out the...
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