"We are faced with a new type of attack. A person who committed it was in no way known to intelligence agencies — there were no signs of radicalization. It seems that he got radicalized very quickly," the minister said in reference to the testimonies by those in Bouhlel's environment, after an extraordinary Cabinet meeting headed by President Francois Hollande.
On Friday, Cazeneuve said that he was unable to confirm if the truck driver, who was behind the deadly attack in the French city of Nice, had links to radical Islam.
"The terrorists did not have any heavy weapon, he had only the gun. He was not involved in the fighting, he did not go to any special training. In such cases, it is very difficult to prevent the attack," Cazeneuve added.
Earlier in the day, the media reported that Daesh militant group claimed responsibility for a deadly terrorist attack in Nice.