Attack On Nice

Mohamed Salmene Lahouaiej-Bouhlel¬† January 1985 ‚Äď 14 July 2016 was a Tunisian terrorist¬†living in France¬†who carried out the¬†2016 Nice attack, in which he¬†drove a truck into a crowd¬†celebrating¬†Bastille Day¬†on the¬†Promenade des Anglais¬†in¬†Nice,¬†France, killing 86 people and injuring 458.¬†Immediately after the attack, Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was shot dead by responding French police officers.¬†

Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was born in¬†M’saken, Tunisia, a small town about 10 kilometres (6¬†mi) outside the coastal city of¬†Sousse. According to police reports, he had a French¬†residency permit¬†and moved to Nice in 2005, where he worked as a delivery-truck driver.¬†He trained in¬†martial arts, frequented¬†salsa¬†night clubs, and had an “unbridled sex life”.¬†Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was married, and had three children, but was in the process of divorce. He was reported to have had financial difficulties and to have worked as a driver, acquiring a truck permit less than a year before the attack.¬†In January 2016, he fell asleep at the wheel of a van, and was subsequently fired.

His parents are divorced.¬†His father, who lives in the family’s native town, told an international news agency that Lahouaiej-Bouhlel suffered from depression, drank alcohol and was a drug user: “From 2002 to 2004, he had problems that caused a¬†nervous breakdown. He would become angry and he shouted … he would break anything he saw in front of him.”¬†Lahouaiej-Bouhlel’s sister Rabeb said that his family handed over documents to the police showing that he had been seeing¬†psychologists¬†for several years.¬†His father and his younger brother insisted that the attack “had nothing to do with religion”, stating that Lahouaiej-Bouhlel did not pray and never observed the holy month of¬†Ramadan. His brother claimed that Lahouaiej-Bouhlel did not know people, never sent his family presents, and never said hello.¬†He¬†married a French-Tunisian cousin, living in Nice, with whom he had three children. According to his wife’s lawyer, he was repeatedly reported for¬†domestic violence¬†and the couple separated.¬†

The Times of India
¬†described Lahouaiej-Bouhlel as “mentally unstable”, with a tumultuous personal life, which included drug use and consumption of violent online content.¬†Police examination of his phone revealed what¬†Sky News¬†described as a “string” of relationships¬†with both men and women, including an affair with a 73-year-old man.

In the days before the attack, Lahouaiej-Bouhlel let his beard grow¬†and told people “the meaning of this beard is religious.” French authorities stated that Lahouaiej-Bouhlel showed a passion for religion only recently.

In my opinion, some crazy people need an excuse to do bad things so they can go through with it. If you’ve ever known a manic person or even someone with bi polar/personality disorder you know how mentally ill people can suddenly just obsess over things. Just like this guy suddenly became obsessed with religion when clearly it wasn’t a priority before. For all we know he was hallucinating, either way he’s a basket case and I don’t blame the cops for doing what they had to do.¬†