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Links between Nice attacker, IS not yet established: French interior minister

More than 400 investigators have been poring over evidence since the July 14, 2016 attack, the third in France in 18 months. Photograph: (Getty)

AFP Paris, France Jul 18, 2016, 07.22 AM (IST)
Links between the Nice truck attacker and "terrorist networks", including the Islamic State group which has claimed the killings, "have not yet been established by the investigation", France's interior minister said today. 

"We cannot exclude that an unbalanced and very violent individual" has been "through a rapid radicalisation, committed to this absolutely despicable crime," which killed 84 people, Bernard Cazeneuve told Frances RTL radio.

Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian, rammed a 19-tonne truck into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the seaside city of Nice on Thursday night, killing 84 people and injuring about 300.

The Islamic State group said one of its "soldiers" carried out the attack in response to its calls to target countries from the US-led coalition engaged in airstrikes against the group.

The attack was the third major terror strike on France in 18 months, and Cazeneuve hit out at opposition politicians who have fiercely criticised the government for not doing enough to stop the bloodshed.

Former president and main opposition leader Nicolas Sarkozy said Sunday that "everything that should have been done the past 18 months was not done".

Cazeneuve described the politicians as "shameful".

"Certain members of the political class have not respected the mourning period. Arguments broke out right away which personally saddens and shocks me," he said.

(AFP) 
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