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Italian Police Check Residents of Tunisian Origin Linked to Nice Attacker

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The General Investigations and Special Operations Division (Digos) of police in the south Italian city of Bari has launched a probe into several people of Tunisian origin who were allegedly in contact over the phone with a person behind the terrorist attack in Nice, local media reported Monday.

Truck Attack in Nice, France - Sputnik International
Terrorist in Nice Truck Attack Was City Resident of Tunisian Origin
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On July 14, a truck rammed into a large crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the city of Nice. At least 84 people, including children, were killed and hundreds of others were injured. The French investigation found that the person behind the attack was 31-year-old resident of Nice of Tunisian origin Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.

According to the La Reppublica, the Digos police started investigation after they have been informed by French colleagues that several Bari residents of Tunisian origins were in touch with Bouhlel, with one of those having a phone call with Nice attacker only several hours before the attack.

On July 16, it was reported in the media that the Islamic State, which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia, claimed responsibility for the attack. According to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, a link between the alleged perpetrator and the IS group has not been established yet.

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