8 with links to Nice truck attacker arrested

2016-09-20 16:26
A man is overcome by emotion after a minute of silence on the famed Promenade des Anglais in Nice. (Francois Mori, AP)

A man is overcome by emotion after a minute of silence on the famed Promenade des Anglais in Nice. (Francois Mori, AP)

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Nice - French police on Tuesday arrested eight associates of the jihadist who killed 86 people when he ploughed his truck into a Bastille Day crowd in Nice, an investigation source said.

"They are associates of the perpetrator. We are carrying out checks and they are in custody," the source said.

"They are all men, of French and Tunisian nationality."

The men were arrested in Nice and in the neighbouring towns of Saint-Laurent-du-Var and Cagnes-sur-Mer.

Police were also searching properties on Tuesday, the source said.

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian, rammed a 19-ton truck through a crowd of more than 30 000 people gathered on the seafront Promenade des Anglais in Nice on July 14 before police shot him dead.

The Islamic State group claimed he was one of its followers.

Bouhlel was initially thought to have planned the attack alone, but anti-terror investigators later said he had received help from several people and had spent several months planning it.

Six people have already been charged over the attack.

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