Two more arrests in Nice truck massacre

2016-07-17 10:00
Forensics and police officers look for evidence in a truck on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 15, 2016, after it drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP)

Forensics and police officers look for evidence in a truck on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 15, 2016, after it drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP)

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Paris - French police on Sunday arrested a man and a woman with ties to the man behind a truck ramming attack claimed by the Islamic State group, a judicial source said.

Five other people are already in custody, including the estranged wife of Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a Tunisian with no apparent links to extremism and who is said to have been radicalised very quickly.

Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was shot dead by police after he rammed a truck through a crowd celebrating France's Bastille Day in the resort city of Nice, leaving 84 dead and about 300 more injured.

The Islamic State group announced earlier that the Tunisian man who barreled through a holiday crowd with a truck in the southern French city was one of its "soldiers" - the first claim of responsibility for the attack.

France's interior minister boosted security measures across the country late on Saturday, calling upon thousands of reservists to help after facing severe criticism for alleged police and security failures in the deadly attack.
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