Killer of 84 in Nice Had Accomplices and Planned Attack for Months

(Los Angeles Times) Kim Willsher - Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the assailant who plowed a truck into crowds celebrating the July 14 Bastille Day holiday in France, killing 84 and injuring hundreds, apparently planned his attack for months and had accomplices who face terrorism charges, French authorities said Thursday. Cellphone and computer searches revealed he had visited the area of the attack several times before July 14. Bouhlel, a Tunisian immigrant, was also in regular contact with five suspects, two of whom - an Albanian-born man and a woman of Albanian-French nationality identified as husband and wife - are accused of supplying the automatic pistol he used against police before they shot him dead. The attacker's telephone contained pictures of the Bastille Day fireworks in July 2015, and an article referring to the "magic potion called Captagon," an amphetamine-type substance that one official said was "used by certain jihadists preparing terrorist attacks."

2016-07-22 00:00:00

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