In the wake of the horrific truck attack in Nice, France that killed 84 people and injured many more on July 14, new details are emerging about the attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, his motive, his inspiration, his planning process, and his possible accomplices.
According to Agence France-Presse, here are the newest developments in the investigation:
— Mohamed likely planned out his attack over a year in advance, scoping out the Bastille Day festivities the previous year.
— Five suspected accomplices have been arrested and are facing terrorism charges.
— None of the accomplices had criminal records or were under surveillance. Mohamad and his suspected accomplices discussed some details of the attack through text messages and Facebook private messages.
— Investigators have still not found any solid link between Mohamed and ISIS, but a search of his computer reveals a fascination with ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and terrorist attacks.
— Although people who knew Mohamed could not describe him as someone who seemed to be a devout, practicing Muslim and reported that he "ate pork, drank alcohol, took drugs and had an unbridled sexual activity," investigators describe him as someone fascinated with jihad.