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Flags fly at half-mast in memory of victims the day after a truck ran into a crowd at high speed killing scores and injuring more who were celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday, in Nice. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Paris-Investigations showed that Nice terrorist attack, adopted by ISIS, was not abrupt; as a matter of fact Mohammed Bouhlel, carefully planned for it.

Thursday’s attack left 84 killed and dozens injured, some are still struggling for life.

While the security bodies detained two more arrestees, information contradicted about Bouhlel being an extremist or not. Investigators are still trying to reach a realistic image of Bouhlel’s approach through inspecting his phone, personal laptop, and testimonies of people who were in contact with him at some period of time.

Inspectors actually want to figure out possible ties between ISIS and Bouhlel. In this context, Prime Minister of France Manuel Valls said that disclosing the preparation for the terrorist operation and hindering it was impossible.

In the meantimes, debate continues between the government and the opposition; the first is emphasizing on the necessity of national unity while the latter is shedding light on the government’s neglect and inefficient security measures despite the emergency state applied since 14 November.

One week before the operation, Bouhlel sold his car and closed his bank accounts, as revealed by le JDD weekly newspaper. However, Daily Mail affirmed that he transferred funds in his account to his family in Tunisia but this information was not confirmed by official sources. As for the truck, Bouhlel, who works as a driver, rented it on 11 July, i.e. three days before the attack. He pretended that he was willing to sell ice-cream for people celebrating the national day on the corniche; so the fact that he chose a refrigerated delivery truck was not a coincidence. The terrorist inspected the location for two consecutive nights, as cameras showed. On the execution day, he arrived to his truck on a motorcycle.

Although these details are important, yet they don’t help knowing if he was working individually or receiving orders. But Nice-Matin and BFMTV revealed that he sent two text messages from his mobile to two parties.

In the first message he said that he brought the tools while in the second he asked for additional weapons to be delivered to C. Analyzing these messages is still ongoing to understand their meaning.