On Thursday, July 14, a 31-year-old Tunisian national and French resident; Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who has been described as A-religious drove his lorry 70 mph for a mile and a half down a closed street in Nice France, killing 84, 10 among the dead were children.
He was not known to be on any intelligence agency list, and there has been no connection to Bouhlel and ISIS or any terrorist organization for that matter. Although, ISIS news agency Amaq released a statement calling Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel a “soldier of the Caliphate,” however no pre-attack photos or “last will and testament’” videos have been released to cement the connection beyond a loose and general claim of affiliation, which may or may not be legitimate. He was said to be known as a “petty criminal”. The Tunisian injured over 200 in the incident and many of those 200 remain in critical condition.
The nationalities of those involved in the innocent celebration of Bastille Day, France’s celebration of their independence, which had been planned as a four day celebratory weekend, has now become yet another in a line of terrorist attacks over the past two months (Medina July 5, Baghdad July 2, Dhaka July 1, Istanbul June 29).
Some of the victims who lost their lives were of African descent. Below you will see some photos of the victims who have been identified so far, and read their stories. We will continue to update this post as more names are made public and add photos of the victims as they are available.
Olfa Khalfallah is one of three Tunisian citizens identified as victims of the attack in a Facebook post by the country’s foreign ministry. She was born in 1985, the foreign ministry said. Her son 4-year-old Kylian Mejhri was also killed in the attack, Olfa’s friend, Angela Nissa, wrote on Facebook. Tahar Mejri the boy’s father, was frantically searching for Kylian at the children’s hospital, according to AFP. A photo shows him with his arms out-stretched, crying out for help finding the boy. “I have called everywhere, police stations, hospitals, Facebook and I can’t find my son. I have been looking for him for 48 hours,” he told AFP. “My wife is dead, where is my son?” Nissa said on Facebook that it was later determined the boy was also killed.
A mother of seven, Moroccan national and French resident Fatima Charrihi was the first victim of the attack to be identified, according to her son, who shared a photo of her identification card with the newspaper L’Express, she was described as an “extraordinary mum” by one of her surviving sons; Hamza, and she died at age 60.
Bilal Labaoui is another Tunisian victim, the foreign ministry says he was born in 1987.
Muhammad ben Abdul Qadr al Toukebri is the third Tunisian victim to be identified, the foreign ministry says he was born in 1958.
Mino Razafitrimo, a mother of two, Razafitrimo, 31, was originally from Madagascar. Her two children, ages 4 and 6, survived the attack. A friend told AFP she was a “joyous person very involved with the Malagasy community in Nice.” She was remembered by friends and family as down-to-earth, Razafitrimo worked for a company as an executive assistant.
Zahia Rahmouni was a resident of Algeria, Rahmouni, 70, was visiting her daughter and grandson in Nice, the Algerian foreign ministry said. Her daughter and grandson were also at the Bastille Day celebration, but survived.
(With information from Heavy.com)