ISIS was planning second Nice attack as investigators find new terrorist plot
The extremist organisation appears to have been planning a second attack in the city on the Mediterranean coast a month after it caused havoc with the assault on the Promenade des Anglais when a 19-tonne truck was driven through crowds of people watching a fireworks display for more than a mile.
French investigators have been analysing text messages exchanged between two alleged accomplices of the driver of the truck Mohamed Lahouaiel Bouhlel, 31, just eight days before a truck was deliberately driven into a crowd of people in the popular French resort, killing 84 people.
Brother-in-law of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, Hamdi Zagar, who is currently under investigation, sent two text messages on July 6 to Mohamed Oualid aka “Walid” Ghraieb, also arrested with the same charges.
The first, sent at 9.54pm, read “14/07/16”, the date of the attack.
The second, sent a few minutes later at 10.04pm, read “15/08/16”.
Anti-terror police had previously discovered a text message on the terrorist’s mobile phone which read: “I have the material”.
While it was unclear what the message referred to a weapons cache including guns and grenades was found in the back of his rented truck.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the terror attack and also released a video glorifying the slaughter of innocent families.
Before the attack in July Mr Bouhlel made a phone call home before sending brother Jaber a snap of himself posing with pals in the French resort at 4pm.
At 10.30pm the Tunisian, who was on medication to control his rages and said to suffer severe psychotic attacks, drove a 19-tonne articulated lorry through crowds watching a fireworks display on the Promenade des Anglais, and was shot dead by police.