The author of Nice terrorist attack last October 29 against a church in which three people were killed had on his phone a photo of the young Chechen jihadist that he had killed history teacher Samuel Paty two weeks earlier in a town in the Paris region.
The French National Antiterrorist Prosecutor’s Office, which formally opened a judicial investigation this Friday, explained in a statement that the Nice terrorist, a 21-year-old Tunisian identified as Brahim Aouissaoui, he also kept on his mobile, in addition to the photo of Abdoullakh Anzorov, other images related to the Islamic State.
In the investigation of that telephone, a recording was also found in which Aouissaoui spoke of France as a “land of infidels”.
Investigators detained eleven people in the following days for questioning and clarification of their alleged complicity with the author, but all were released without charge, the statement said.
Among them were two men who were in contact with him in Nice and three others related to his transit between Tunisia and France.
The Prosecutor’s Office acknowledged that for now it has not been possible to determine if he had an accomplice to commit his attack.
The perpetrator of the attack was shot down by officers of the Nice municipal police inside the church, and since then he has been hospitalized and is still in serious condition, which has prevented him from taking a statement.
It is known that he left Tunisia on September 19 on a boat with other immigrants who were trying to smuggle into Europe and the next day they arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa, where the authorities quarantined them on a boat.
On October 9, Aouissaoui was landed in the port of Bari, on the Italian peninsula, and was released, but with the obligation to leave the country.
In the following weeks his presence in Sicily, between October 12 and 26, and in Rome on October 27. It has also been possible to verify that he was at the Nice train station late that same day.
On October 29, before entering the church where he committed the massacre with a large knife, he was in a mosque a few minutes away.
French researchers have launched procedures for requesting the cooperation of the Italian and Tunisian Justice.
After the attack, France has decided to double the number of agents (from 2,400 to 4,800) who monitor its borders, and the president, Emmanuel Macron, has announced that he wants to reform the Schengen Treaty in depth so that border controls are strengthened outside the European Union.
The objective of this reform is to fight against irregular immigration and prevent clandestine flows from being used by terrorists.
Digsmak is a news publisher with over 12 years of reporting experiance; and have published in many industry leading publications and news sites.