Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel has been identified as the attacker behind the truck attack in Nice, France on July 14, 2016, Bastille Day. Here is what is currently known about Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel Background
Bouhlel was 31 years old and had a French-Tunisian background.
He worked as a delivery driver.
He had a police record, including incidents for robbery and domestic violence.
He was married and was the father of three infant children.
Neighbors told the Agence France-Press news agency that he was quiet and kept to himself.
Attack On Nice
On the night of July 14, 2016, Bouhlel drove a tractor trailer truck into a crowd of people watching Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France.
The attack killed at least 84 people.
Officials say the truck used in the attack was filled with guns and grenades, though some of them were fake.
Bouhlel Death, Gun Battle
According to eyewitnesses, Bouhlel exited the vehicle and shot at pedestrians. He was then shot and killed by security officials at the scene of the attack when he engaged in a gun battle with them.
French Terror Attacks
The Bastille Day attack was the latest in a series of attacks that have hit France in recent years. The attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and a kosher supermarket in Paris killed 16 people in January of 2015. Then coordinated attacks around the French capital in November 2015, which included a hostage crisis at the Bataclan theater, killed 130 people.
American Victims Of Attack
Two Americans have been identified with those who were killed in the Nice attack. Sean Copeland, 51, and his son, Brodie, 11, were killed by Bouhlel’s attack. They were from Lakeway, Texas, about 30 miles outside Austin.
Jess Davis, a friend of Copeland’s daughter, issued a statement about their deaths: “We are heartbroken and in shock over the loss of Brodie Copeland, an amazing son and brother who lit up our lives, and Sean Copeland, a wonderful husband and father. They are so loved.”
Photos of Nice Attack