The latest news on the terrorist attack that ripped through a massive crowd of Bastille Day celebrants Thursday in Nice, France identifies the murderer as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian-born resident of Nice who had dual French-Tunisian nationality. Though not on an official French watch list, he was known to police in connection with crimes such as theft and violence.
The death toll has risen to at least eighty-four, including children and infants. Two U.S. citizens — a Texas father and his 11-year old son — Sean and Brodie Copeland are among the dead. Fifty-two people of the 202 injured, remain in critical condition. Among the victims were families spending time in the resort town to enjoy the fireworks and food along the beach on the national holiday synonymous with liberty.
French President Francois Hollande had no trouble referring to the evil as a “terrorist act.”
A bit of background on the murderer’s homeland. Tunisia’s Constitution stipulates that Islam is the official state religion. The president of Tunisia must be Muslim.
The French newspaper Nice Matin reported that weapons and fake grenades were found inside the oversized truck used to carry out the massacre by intentionally careening into the crowd for a mile and a half, while shots rang out from the truck cab. The Islamic terrorist driver was killed by French authorities.
The Sun, a UK newspaper, has more coverage of the carnage, including photos and videos.
ISIS is reported to be celebrating the death and destruction that is the hallmark of the Islamic State.