“I never saw him going to the Mosque. He was not a Muslim. During Ramadan I saw him smoking.”
Does that really mean that Bouhlel was not a Muslim? No. If he really did not attend mosque and did not observe Ramadan, all that means is that he was a bad Muslim. He could at some point have awakened and thought, I’m headed for hell. What great deed can I perform that will outweigh all my evil deeds? And the answer to that question, of course, is jihad, the greatest of all deeds.
Also, does the severely compromised BBC know if any of these assertions are actually true? No. And after all the misinformation we saw coming out in the wake of the Orlando jihad massacre — the false claims that jihad murderer Omar Mateen was gay and acting out of revenge, etc. — these claims may very well be false as well.
Anyway, the five arrests strongly suggest that Bouhlel was no “lone wolf,” but part of an active jihad network. France needs to recognize that it is at war. Did it pause for days of national mourning after every battle in World War I and World War II (at least for as long as it lasted in that one)? Or did it get up and grimly set to the task at hand?
“Attack on Nice: Five held by French police,” BBC, July 16, 2016:
Five people believed to be linked to the man who killed 84 people in Nice are in police custody, the Paris prosecutor’s office says.
Three arrests were made on Saturday and two on Friday, including the man’s estranged wife, Le Monde reported.
Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a lorry into crowds marking Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais on Thursday before he was shot dead by police.
So-called Islamic State claimed one of its followers carried out the attack.
A news agency linked to the group, Amaq Agency, said: “He did the attack in response to calls to target the citizens of the coalition that is fighting the Islamic State.”
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Lahouaiej-Bouhlel seemed to have been “radicalised very quickly”.
He said the “new type of attack… showed the extreme difficulty of the fight against terrorism”.
Prosecutors said Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian, drove the lorry 2km (1.2 miles) along the promenade targeting people.
Of the 84 who died, 10 were children. Some 202 people were injured; 52 are critical, of whom 25 are on life support….
French President Francois Hollande met his defence and security chiefs and cabinet ministers on Saturday.
He called for national unity in France and said: “We are in a time when, and we have seen it, there is a temptation to divide the country.
“Faced with these temptations, faced with this risk, we must recall the unity and cohesion of this country.”
Mr Hollande, who says the attack was a terrorist act, has already moved to extend a state of emergency by three months, and on Saturday France began three days of national mourning….
Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was known to the police as a petty criminal, but was “totally unknown to intelligence services… and was never flagged for signs of radicalisation,” prosecutor Francois Molins said.
However, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he was “in way or another” linked to radical Islam and Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said the attack bore the hallmarks of jihadist terrorism.
A neighbour of Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, who used to live in a high-rise block of flats on Boulevard Henri Sappia with his family, said he did not believe the 31-year-old was involved with IS.
Samiq, who did not want to give his surname, told the Press Association news agency: “I never saw him going to the Mosque. He was not a Muslim. During Ramadan I saw him smoking.”…