New evidence is starting to emerge about the recent attack in Nice, France on Thursday. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack which killed 84 people after Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck through a Bastille Day celebration.
The statement came from the group’s radio bulletin al-Bayan. The group stated Bouhlel was a soldier of theirs and conveyed a “quality operation”:
“The Crusader countries should know that even with their mobilization and military capabilities … they will never be able to prevent the attacks of the mujahideen who will continue to attack inside their houses.”
While Bouhlel is said to have no religious affiliation to any group, it has been part of ISIS’ MO to claim responsibility for attacks such as the one in Nice. Details about Bouhlel’s background are starting to surface with Vocativ reporting he had mental health issues.
The attack in Nice is bringing into question how the public deals with getting their news from the media. Being the first to report a news story was usually relegated competing TV networks, but it seems in Europe social media is starting to control the narrative.