Paris Prosecutor: Nice Truck Attacker had Accomplices and Planned for Months
The Paris prosecutor says that the man who drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84 people, had accomplices and it seemed he had been plotting his attack for months.
Speaking to reporters Thursday in the French capital, Francois Molins said that information from his phone showed searches and photos that suggested he could have been preparing an attack as far back as 2015.
Molins said that five suspects currently in custody are facing preliminary terrorism charges, including complicity to murder and possessing weapons, for their alleged roles in helping the perpetrator to carry the terrorist act on July 14.
He identified the suspects to be four men, two Franco-Tunisians, a Tunisian and an Albanian, and one woman of dual French-Albanian nationality. Intelligence services did not know any of them, according to the French news agency, AFP.
The 31-year-old driver of the truck, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, was a Tunisian man who had been living in Nice for several years.
Trump Lays Out 'Law and Order' Platform in RNC Speech
In his first speech Thursday night as the official Republican nominee for U.S. president, Donald Trump struck a tone of urgency regarding recent violent events in the U.S. and billed himself as a truth-teller in saying that under a Trump presidency the country would be one of “law and order.”
“Our Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country,” he said.
Trump listed a number of statistics showing an uptick in crime in several major cities, including Washington and Baltimore, which Trump said have seen a rise in murders of 50 percent and 60 percent, respectively, over the last year.
“In the president’s hometown of Chicago, more than 2,000 have been the victims of shootings this year alone. And more than 3,600 have been killed in the Chicago area since he took office,” he said.
With regards to the recent targeted shootings of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Dallas, Texas, Trump called them “an attack on all Americans,” and blamed President Barack Obama for using “the pulpit of the presidency to divide us by race and color.”