Terrorist group, Islamic State, (ISIS) on Saturday morning claimed responsibility for the terror attack that saw at least 84 people killed after a truck was driven into a crowd of people celebrating France’s Bastille Day in the Riviera city of Nice.
The Amaq Agency statement, which was posted by ISIS supporters, said a security source told the agency that “the person who carried out the run over in Nice, France, is one of the Islamic State soldiers and carried out the operation in response to calls to target nationals of the coalition which is fighting the Islamic State.”
Also on Saturday, the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist communications, said that the Islamic State had featured its claim of responsibility in a news bulletin on its radio station, Al Bayan, and that it “threatened that ‘crusader states’ are not safe.”
The claim emerged as five people had been arrested following the Bastille Day massacre.
It was gathered that French police carried out a raid at an address near Nice’s main train station today and made two arrests, Europe 1 reported.
Another report suggests that officers had held four people acquainted with Mr. Lahouaiej Bouhlel. His estranged wife has also been held for questioning.
On Thursday, the assailant, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, drove his 20-ton vehicle more than one mile along the coastal French city’s Promenade de Anglais, sending hundreds of people fleeing in horror.
Speaking on Saturday morning, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said it appeared that Mr. Lahouaiej Bouhlel became an extremist very quickly.
“We are faced with an attack of a new kind,” Mr. Cazeneuve said after a cabinet meeting at the Élysée Palace. “The individual who committed this absolutely despicable, unspeakable crime was not known by the intelligence services, as he had not stood out over the past years — whether through court convictions or through his activity — for support of radical Islamist ideology.”
“It seems that he radicalized himself very quickly. In any case, these are the first elements that have come to light through the testimony of his acquaintances.”