Police arrest Bastille Day killer’s WIFE as dramatic footage shows moment Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was shot dead in the truck he used to drive through crowds, killing 84 people including 10 children
Police today arrested the wife of the ISIS fanatic who killed 84 people including at least ten children in Nice using a lorry and a handgun.
Killer Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, a French Tunisian and married father of three, mounted pavements at high speed and ploughed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice last night.
Today Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said police have arrested his wife Hajer, who he was about to divorce, as detectives try to establish his motives and if he had accomplices.
Dramatic footage released today shows the moment he was shot dead by police in the 19-tonne lorry he used as a murder weapon on his mile-long killing spree.
One eyewitness filmed armed officers approaching the cab of the lorry and firing repeatedly through its windscreen and doors before it appears Bouhlel can be heard screaming after being hit by a police bullet and he died slumped in the passenger seat.
Witness Nadar El Shafei told the BBC: ‘He died inside the vehicle – I saw his head [hanging] out of the window, they kept shooting him from all sides just to be sure. Then they asked us to run away in case there were others inside the car or a bomb.’
The shootout came after his 30 minute rampage where he aimed at crowds watching fireworks and sent ‘bodies flying like bowling pins’ and left others ‘jammed’ under the lorry’s wheels at around 10.30pm local time last night.
This evening the death toll stands at 84 with another 202 injured. Of those 52 are in hospital in a critical condition and 25 of them are on life support machines.
Heartbroken men and women refused to leave the bodies of their loved ones and the dead remain strewn across the famous Promenade des Anglais today. Hundreds have now laid flowers in their memory as President Hollande said ‘many foreigners have died’ with at least 50 more people ‘between life and death’.