Thirty one year old Mohammed Lahouaiej Bouhlel who killed 84 people and injured over 200 in Nice (France) on Thursday (July 14) night as revellers celebrated Bastille Day carefully plotted the terror attack!
More emerging details show that the crazed drug addict rented the 19-tonne truck with the intention of killing hundreds as he demanded for the heaviest vehicle and sent over £84,000 to Tunisia for his family days before the attack.
The manager of Via Location, the rental company in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, near Nice where Bouhlel got the lorry, revealed that he demanded for their ‘biggest, heaviest and most powerful’ lorry when he came on Monday, July 11, using a credit card.
He was due to return the truck on Wednesday, July 13, but never did.
On Thursday, July 14, around 10:45 local time, he mowed hundreds of revellers, driving dangerously, zig zagging without headlights into people on pavement along the Promenade Des Anglais.
He was caught on camera riding a bicycle around 9:04 pm to the refrigerated lorry which he had parked near the promenade hours earlier. He threw the bicycle into the back of the lorry… and waited to commit the atrocity where thousands of people were enjoying fire works. He was even earlier questioned by police, and he lied he was delivering ice cream.
Thereafter, he drove the truck with headlights off into the crowd, shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ (God is the greatest) as he killed and injured hundreds.
He was eventually shot and killed by policemen.
The terrorist who has three children and was on the verge of divorcing his wife was reported to have sent £84,000 (N39 million) back to his family in Tunisia just days before the attack. The cash was smuggled by friends of the fanatic who was described as a violent non-practicing Muslim to his family who claimed it was his saving for 8 years.
His brother, Jaber Bouhlel, said he usually sent small sums, and they were stunned when they received the huge fortune.
His father, Mohamed Mondher Lahouaiej Bouhlel, claimed his son was not a terrorist, that he only had mental illness.
The family revealed that the last time he visited Tunisia was in 2012 for a wedding.