Islamic State claim responsibility for Nice truck attack as French police arrest five
Published 16/07/2016 | 09:00
Islamic State has claimed it carried out the Nice truck attack in statement carried by group's media outlet.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel who drove a truck into a crowd in the French city of Nice killing at least 84 was described as a "soldier" of Islamic State, the group's media outlet said.
The Aamaq news agency cited a "security source" as saying the attacker "carried out the operation in response to calls to target the citizens of coalition countries fighting the Islamic State".
The statement did not name the attacker, and the language implied that he may have acted independently. There is no evidence IS was involved in planning the July 14 attack.
The attack killed 84 people and wounded 200. The driver was identified as Mohamed Bouhlel, a Tunisian known to authorities as a petty criminal.
The statement came as the French prosecutor's office confirmed five people are in custody over the Bastille day attack that killed at least 84 people when a truck rammed into crowds in the Riviera city.
French authorities were still trying to determine whether the 31-year old Tunisian driver of the vehicle had acted alone or with accomplices, and whether his motives were connected to radical Islam.
The arrests concerned the attacker's "close entourage", the sources said, and were made in two different areas of Nice. A Reuters reporter saw about 40 elite police raid a small appartment at Rue Miollis, north of the central station, where one individual was arrested.