Seeds: Yesterday (July 14th, 2016), 84 people were killed watching fireworks in the streets by a possible terrorist affiliated attack in Nice, France on Bastille Day. This is not the first attack on France. In fact, on Friday, November 13th Paris was targeted, leaving 130 dead and the country in an official state of emergency.
Core: 84 people were killed and 202 were injured after a truck drove into the crowds for approximately 1.1 miles down the streets of Nice. When the driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31 year-old French-Tunisian man exchanged fire with the police, the police shot him dead in his truck. Later, when the truck was searched, a sum of items were found including a gun, unknown documents, a cellphone, and fake weapons.
Skin: Theresa May, Britain’s new Prime Minister as of yesterday (July 14th, 2016), explained that the UK will stand in solidarity with France and “redouble our efforts to defeat these brutal murderers who want to destroy our way of life.” Furthermore, as seen with past terror attacks, social media has presented a strong presence in support of the victims.
Leaves: It is known that Bouhlel had a previous criminal record and was known for violence and theft, but no signs of past terrorist affiliations are known thus far. In fact, his motives are still unclear to the authorities. The French police are continuing to investigate the suspect. Meanwhile, the French President has announced that France will be in an extended state of emergency for another 3 months and will observe three days of national mourning.
Food for Thought: Do you think that Bouhlel had terrorist affiliations? How do you think the attacks should addressed?