The news from the Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice, France, grows more tragic as information is released. The killer, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, a French Tunisian and married father of three, mounted the attack leaving the death toll at 84, with over 200 injured, many still in critical condition, 20 of which are currently on life support.
Police have also arrested the wife of Bouhlel, Hajer, who he was reportedly in the process of divorcing, and will probe her for information regarding any motives and possible co-conspirators.
The attacks occurred at about 10:30 p.m. local time on a warm summer night as thousands of French nationals and tourists enjoyed a beautiful fireworks display to honor Bastille Day, the French celebration of independence.
One unidentified man is being hailed as a hero as he tried to stop the attack, attempting to jump from his motorcycle which was alongside the truck and open the trucks front door. He grasped at the truck but later slipped and fell, ending up under the truck's wheels.
The video of his heroic move is graphic. Viewer discretion is advised:
Bouhlel drove down the famed Promenade des Anglais leaving terror and death in his wake. He reportedly sped up to near 40 miles per hour in the 25-ton truck when targeting large groups of people as the number of dead and injured mounted.
There are reports that Bouhlel also exited the truck to fire bullets at those trying to escape the mayhem.
Finally, police were able to apprehend him, shooting him to death at close range despite knowing that the truck may have be filled with explosives.
A bystander was able to capture the moment Bouhlel was shot to death. Again, this video contains graphic images.
Following the attack, France announced three days of mourning as President Francois Hollande alerted his countrymen that he will ask for an extension of the state of emergency that was set to end at the end of the month following the most recent attack in Paris this past November.
Hollande appeared on television shortly after the attack to say, "France is in tears, it is hurting but it is strong and she will be stronger — always stronger than the fanatics who wish to hurt us."
While other politicians, namely Donald Trump, were quick to point the finger at radical Islam, it appears that Bouhlel was not a religious extremist, but simply a psychopath operating under the guise of Islamic terrorism.
Walid Hamou, a cousin of Bouhlel's soon-to-be ex-wife said, "'Bouhlel was not religious. He did not go to the mosque, he did not pray, he did not observe Ramadan." Adding, "He drank alcohol, ate pork and took drugs. This is all forbidden under Islam. He was not a Muslim, he was a s***. He beat his wife, my cousin, he was a nasty piece of work."
The truck he drove is now riddled with bullets, as evidence of the terror that took place still riddle the streets of Nice.
Just as France was beginning to rebuild from the last deadly attack, the country is, again, on the world stage for the most tragic of reasons.
(Photo: NADER EL SHAFEI via AP)
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