Here’s what happened:
Nice terror attack: Lorry driver was criminal well known to police
Danny Boyle, Peter Allen, Barney Henderson, Telegraph, Jul 15 2016
A French-Tunisian criminal well known to the police for armed attacks used a hired lorry to kill at least 84 people in a terrorist attack during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice. Anti-terrorist judges opened an investigation into “mass murder” and investigators searched the home of the driver in the Abattoirs area of Nice. The driver reportedly zigzagged his way through the crowds along the promenade. Sources close to the inquiry said the perpetrator was a local 30-year-old career criminal who was born in Tunisia before moving to France. His 19-tonne-lorry had zigzagged through crowds massing on the Promenade des Anglais on Thursday night, killing anyone he could. After being stopped by armed police, who fired bullets into the lorry’s windscreen, the so far unnamed man exchanged fire with officers using a 7.65 mm pistol, before being shot dead. An investigating source said:
He was known to the police for violence and using weapons, but he had no direct links with terrorism. His identity car was found in the lorry. He had French and Tunisian nationality.
A search of the vehicle uncovered a pistol, a larger gun, and a number of fake weapons and grenades.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel identified as French-Tunisian man behind lorry massacre
Andrew Griffin, Independent, Jul 15 2016
The man who killed more than 80 people with a truck in Nice has been locally identified. The driver of the lorry was 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel from Nice, according to newspaper Nice-Matin which cited local sources. Police had previously said that they had formally identified the man, after finding ID papers and a phone in the truck. The attack appears to have been premeditated, the local paper said, citing police sources. The man might have hired the truck on Wednesday in a town near Nice, it reported, and CCTV him picking up the vehicle in the hills outside the city. Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel worked as a delivery driver, and though he was known to police because of petty crime, was not suspected to have been radicalised and did not have a file with the anti-terrorism police. Investigators are still looking to find whether the man was working with accomplices. He had been a father for three years, Nice-Matin reported. Relatives are being questioned by police, it also said.