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Truck Driver Was Radicalised Very Quickly - PM

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The man who killed 84 people celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice had recently been radicalised, the French Prime Minister has said, reported SkyNews.

Authorities have yet to produce evidence that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had any links to Islamic State, which claimed the attack, but Manuel Valls said there was no doubt about the 31-year-old Tunisian's motives.

Speaking in an interview with Sunday newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, Mr Valls said: "The investigation will establish the facts, but we know now that the killer was radicalised very quickly.

"The claim on Saturday morning by Islamic State and the fast radicalisation of the killer confirms the Islamist nature of this attack."

He added: "Daesh (IS) gives unstable individuals an ideological kit that allows them to make sense of their acts... this is probably what happened in Nice's case."

Officials said that people questioned by police had indicated that Bouhlel had undergone a rapid transformation from someone with no apparent interest in religion.

The Amaq news agency affiliated with IS said that he "was one of the soldiers of Islamic State".

Bouhlel, who was shot dead by police after he drove a truck through a crowd of revellers, was known to police for petty crimes but was not on a watch list of suspected militants.

He had one criminal conviction for road rage, having been sentenced to probation three months ago for throwing a wooden pallet at another driver.

Thursday night's attack in Nice came eight months after gunmen killed 130 people in Paris and a-year-and-a-half after the assault on newspaper Charlie Hebdo newspaper that killed 17.

Mr Valls warned that there was no risk zero and new attacks would occur.

Read more on skynews.com

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