Islamic State Says It Was Behind Deadly Nice Attack

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Members of the public lay flowers at a make-shift memorial site on July 15, 2016 in Nice, in tribute to victims of the deadly Bastille Day attack. A Tunisian-born man zigzagged a truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing at least 84 and injuring dozens of children in what President Francois Hollande on July 15 called a "terrorist" attack. / AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Al Jazeera cited statement on group’s Amaq news agency
  • ISIS didn’t name attacker, said he heeded group’s call

Islamic State said one of its fighters carried out the truck attack on a Bastille Day crowd that killed 84 people in the French city of Nice, even as French officials said he had no known links to militants.

A reproduction of the picture on the residence permit of Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel.
A reproduction of the picture on the residence permit of Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel.
Source: AFP via Getty Images

Islamic State’s Amaq news agency described the man who plowed a 19-ton refrigerator truck through crowds watching a fireworks show on Thursday as a “soldier,” the Al Jazeera satellite news channel reported Saturday. Al Amaq cited an unidentified security source.

The attacker “carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of coalition countries fighting Islamic State,” the group said, without mentioning the assailant’s name. French authorities have identified him as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian who resided in Nice.

The assailant was known to French law enforcement for petty theft and domestic violence but wasn’t on any list of people known to be radicalized, France’s chief anti-terror prosecutor said. Five people, including Bouhlel’s ex-wife, have been held, the I-TELE television station reported.

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