Bastille Day attacker previously beat man with spiked plank – police

2016-07-19 08:16
Forensics and police officers examine the attacker's truck on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP)

Forensics and police officers examine the attacker's truck on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP)

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Nice – The Nice truck attacker beat a driver with a nail-studded plank in January after the men got into a fight in traffic, according to a police report seen by AFP on Monday.

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who killed 84 people in the French Riviera city last week on Bastille Day, got a six-month suspended sentence for the traffic altercation, which happened in broad daylight on January 25.

According to the report, police who responded to a call of a fight on a busy street in central Nice found a man with a "gaping wound about six centimetres deep at the top of the skull".

The victim was bleeding profusely and told officers that Bouhlel – who stayed on the scene after the attack to continue a delivery with his truck – was responsible.

Armed assault

Witnesses said the delivery man had stopped in the middle of the street, blocking other drivers as he made the drop-off. The confrontation started when the driver of an Alfa Romeo asked Bouhlel to move his vehicle.

According to the report, Bouhlel attacked the driver with a "roughly one-metre long board, which was broken at one end, leaving two nails visible". Bouhlel received his suspended sentence on March 24 for "armed assault".

The 31-year-old Tunisian slammed a 19-tonne lorry into crowds of people on Thursday, including many children, who had come to watch the Bastille Day fireworks on Nice's waterfront.

Bouhlel's killing spree was brought to an end when police shot him to death inside the truck.

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