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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    PARIS -- The Latest on that truck attack in Nice, France (all times local):

    3:40 p.m.

    French officials say police found 11 telephones, cocaine and 2,600 euros ($2,900) in cash at the home of a suspect held in the investigation into the deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice.

    The suspect is among seven people in custody in the probe into last week's attack, which killed 84 people. Three of the suspects were brought to French intelligence headquarters in Paris on Monday to face eventual terrorism charges, according to a security official.

    At the home of one of the suspects, an Albanian national, investigators found the phones and cocaine, according to that official and the Paris prosecutor's office. They wouldn't elaborate on the relationship between the suspect and attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who was killed by police after ramming a truck through a crowd watching fireworks.

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    1:15 p.m.

    A family friend of a 22-year-old Australian woman seriously injured in the Bastille Day attack in Nice says a "wonderful stranger" stayed by her side throughout the ordeal and continues to visit her daily in the hospital.

    Debbie Cook told reporters outside the Pasteur hospital Monday that her friend, 22-year-old Adelaide Stratton, suffered serious injuries but that "she is getting better every day."

    She said Stratton cannot speak and does not remember the attack, "which is better." She declined to discuss the injuries saying that the family wants to protect Stratton's privacy.

    Cook, who was traveling in Europe and came to Nice to assist Stratton, said a French man aided Stratton in the critical period after the attack.

    "A complete stranger stayed with her in the immediate stages after she was injured and went in the ambulance. And bless him, he has been at the hospital with her most days," Cook said.

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    12 noon

    France is holding a national moment of silence for 84 people killed by a truck rampage in Nice, and thousands of people are massed on the waterfront promenade where Bastille Day celebrations became a killing field.

    Flowers in their hands and tears in their eyes, crowds stood on the rocky beach for several minutes Monday looking toward the Promenade des Anglais, the road that had been cleared of traffic for Thursday's holiday fireworks show.

    Driver Mohamed Lahouiaej Bouhlel sped his truck through the crowd, aiming to kill. Many of the dead and 308 injured were children.

    Among those at the ceremony in Nice was Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Buildings stood silent across the country.

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    11:35 a.m.

    The uncle of the man who killed 84 people with a truck on the French Riviera says his nephew was indoctrinated about two weeks ago by an Algerian member of the Islamic State group in Nice.

    French officials could not confirm Monday that attacker Mohamed Lahouaiyej Bouhlel had been approached by an Algerian recruiter, saying that the investigation is ongoing.

    The driver's uncle, Sadok Bouhlel, told The Associated Press that given Bouhlel's family problems - he was estranged from his wife and three children - the Algerian "found in Mohamed an easy prey."

    Bouhlel's rapid radicalization has puzzled investigators. Friends and family said he had not been an observant Muslim in the past.

    Sadok Bouhlel spoke in the driver's hometown of Msaken, Tunisia. He said he learned about the Algerian from extended family members who live in Nice.

    IS claimed responsibility for the attack Thursday but Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Monday that investigators have found no sign yet that Bouhlel had links to a particular network.

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    11:30 a.m.

    The French government is defending its efforts to fight Islamic State extremists abroad and at home, announcing new airstrikes against their strongholds in the past two days.

    President Francois Hollande's Socialist administration has come under blistering criticism from opposition conservatives after last week's deadly attack in Nice. Former President Nicolas Sarkozy accused the government of bad policies that he says failed to prevent three major attacks in the past 18 months.

    Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve hit back Monday, listing a series of laws and extra police forces created under Hollande's presidency "to face a threat that France was not prepared for" when he took over from Sarkozy in 2012.

    After a special security meeting, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said French forces in the U.S-led coalition struck IS targets again overnight and on Saturday. French warplanes have been involved in the operation in Iraq and to a lesser degree in Syria.

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    9:15 a.m.

    France's interior minister says investigators have no evidence so far that the truck driver who killed 84 people in Nice had links to "terrorist networks."

    Bernard Cazeneuve said Monday on RTL radio that while the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the Bastille Day attack, the driver may have been motivated by IS messages but not necessarily coordinating with a larger network.

    Cazeneuve says: "These links for now have not been established by the investigation."

    Authorities say Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a Tunisian living in Nice, had become recently and rapidly radicalized.

    Cazeneuve said 59 people are still hospitalized after the attack Thursday, 29 of them in intensive care, out of 308 people injured overall. Many of the dead and injured were children watching a fireworks display with their families.


    AP/July 18, 2016
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie...ME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-07-18-09-46-06
    Photo: The Telegraph, UK
    Newshawk Crew

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    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.

Comments

  1. monkeyspanker
    Drugs had absolutely nothing to do with this particular attack. If anyone says it did, they need a serious reality check...common media BullShit!!

    The problem is why any country let's these people in in the first place, France has been known to let them come in regardless of any serious vetting, now they pay the price, sad, very, very sad!!

    I hope and pray every day that Trump wins the election as is true to his word that these losers are not allowed into the USA until we know who they are...

    Scratch that! Obviously they can get in and then be 'radicalized' in a short period of time...that means, they (they being all people from Islamic countries and identify as Muslims) should be banned. Sorry about your luck, you do not pass go, you didn't win $200, game over!! That goes for the idiot white trailer trash that feels they need Islamic extremism to fullfill their pathetic lives. And there are many here in the US and other countries

    I'd like to annex the state of Utah and send all of them there, then bomb the shit out of them, good riddance to bad rubbish.

    Cocaine had nothing to do with that idiot killing all those wonderful people in Nice, Radical Islamic Terrorists had everything to do with it!

    Every country needs to ban these people like right fucking now, then look at every one that is already in very, very closely, tap their phones, look at their computers, talk to their neighbors and co workers...any hint of a leaning to terrorists and grab them by the scruff of their neck and show their ass the fucking door/border.

    If you live in the Middle East, and you're a decent Muslim, pray really, really hard, you are about to be wiped off the face of the planet, sorry...
  2. Booty love
    the problem is weak minded people...PERIOD!!

    Not American presidents, laws or religions!

    ...and, you pick one of our most beautiful states to ruin? lol

    damn dude
  3. monkeyspanker
    Yes I did sir, would you rather I picked Idaho or maybe Montana? Utah is lovely but, it's been ruined by the cult of the Mormons, Mitt Romney anyone? Lets send them all to where they can be eradicated! Utah is decent enough for me, Indiana or Kentucky?

    Booty, what's your pick if you have one?

    BTW, I live in Arizona, so?
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