Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel photos. How did a petty criminal anti social loner end up becoming radicalized into becoming a terrorist?
For all intent purposes Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had been known to local enforcement agencies as a petty criminal, yet somehow, the Abattoirs native of Nice, described as a loner and consistently depressed would end up leaving his mark as one of France’s monstrous terrorists and an unlikely jihadist.
Prior to Thursday evening’s Nice Bastille attack, the working class loner had only been known for skirmishes involving domestic violence and theft along with a January 27 skirmish which saw the man involved in a pub brawl.
The only criminal conviction that authorities had of the man on file was that of an incident of road rage. That incident led to delivery driver being convicted in March.
So under the radar had the man been, that France’s surveillance operations guarding against potential terrorists conceded never having the man ever marked. But need had they ever?
Preliminary reports tell of relatives describing the estranged husband and father of three as an anti social individual who flouted every rule of Islam, while regularly beating his wife.
Born in Tunisia, the 31 year old professional truck driver spent most of his life living in France, assimilating the customs and sensibilities of his native land. Yet somehow along the way, Mohamed Bouhlel nurtured deep disdain for his host country, and chose its day of national independence, Bastille day, to wreak unimaginable carnage.
Neighbors described Bouhlel as a solitary figure since separating from his wife two years ago as someone who rarely spoke, declining to return greetings as he maintained a solitary existence in the working-class neighborhood of Nice in which he lived.
Others described Lahouaiej-Bouhlel anything but religious, often dressing in shorts and sometimes wearing work boots, while partaking in vices and never visiting the local mosque.
According to a report via the dailymail, the man’s cousin told of Bouhlel flouting every rule of Islam: ‘He drank alcohol, ate pork and took drugs.’
Life for Bouhlel had in recent months had begun to degenerate for the loner, with his wife filing for divorce, along with his employer recently firing him after falling asleep while at the wheel and crashing into four cars according to France’s Bfmtv.
Told the man’s cousin, Walid Hamou: ‘Bouhlel was not religious. He did not go to the mosque, he did not pray, he did not observe Ramadan.
‘He drank alcohol, ate pork and took drugs. This is all forbidden under Islam. He was not a Muslim, he was a s***. He beat his wife, my cousin, he was a nasty piece of work.’
Offered another neighbor: ‘Bouhlel used to live in this block of flats with his wife and family. I lived next door to him.
‘He was not a fanatical muslim. He drank alcohol, he chased girls, he went to nightclubs. He did not go to the mosque. He was not religious at all.
‘He split up from his wife about two years ago. She is a lovely woman.’
In a testament to his tortured state of mind, a neighbor of Tunisian heritage and from the same village, Wissam told of Bouhlel’s heavy state of mind.
Told the neighbor: ‘On the Thursday night he was drinking with a colleague and they argued. His pal said you’re worth nothing and he replied: ‘One day, you’ll hear about me.’
Speaking to L’Express he said: ‘Look this is someone who drinks, smokes cannabis.’
Contemplated the French based journal: What prompted this delivery driver to pass the act? Was he alone or was he benefited from complicity? Why did he fake guns in his truck?All elements that the investigation has yet to determine less than 24 hours after the incident.
That said what is known, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had carefully orchestrated a plan to impart maximum casualty, while having clearly thought through how to overcome security demands and gain entry into the enclosed area hours before ensuing Bastille Day celebrations.
In short, the loner who may have thought he had little much to lose was in his own way going to impart his own very harsh statement and indictment on life in modern day France.
While France’s Prime Minister Hollande claimed that the violent act was a premeditated act of terrorism with innuendo centered on ISIS, the group have yet to claim responsibility, raising the specter whether Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had indeed acted alone, and if so why?
That said, French authorities have yet to rule out the man collaborating with others, whether a known terrorist group or with other disaffected individuals and how that may have led to the radicalization of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel?