Nice, France truck attacker researched IS, prosecutor says

(CBS News)

NICE, France — A Paris prosecutor says the truck driver who killed 84 people in Nice had expressed support for the Islamic State group and searched online for information about the Orlando attack on a gay nightclub.

Prosecutor Francois Molins, who oversees terrorism investigations, says Monday slain attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had clearly plotted out the Bastille Day attack, with reconnaissance visits to the beachfront where he plowed down revelers on Thursday.

Molins described a quick radicalization of a man who in the past hadn’t been religious. He said a review of Bouhlel’s computer and phone showed online searches relating to IS, other jihadi groups and violent images.

Molins says 13 bodies are still unidentified following the truck attack on Bastille Day.

IS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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