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French authorities named Brahim Aouissaoui as the suspected attacker. He first arrived in Europe in September, a source briefed on the investigation told CNN.
An investigation has been opened in Tunisia following Nice attack, Tunisia’s Public Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday according to state-run TAP news.
“According to the initial elements of the investigation, the assailant [is] a Tunisian national,” Mohsen Dali, deputy public prosecutor, said.
Dali added that the prosecutor’s office at the judicial counter-terrorism division has assigned the case to a specialized security unit for further research and investigation.
Earlier today, French authorities named Brahim Aouissaoui as the storage attacker. He first arrived in Europe in September, a source briefed on the investigation told CNN.
Meanwhile, Tunisia’s Foreign Ministry condemned the attack in a statement. It expressed solidarity with the French government, its nationals, and offered condolences to the victims’ families.
A source briefed on the investigation told CNN the storage attacker appears to have arrived in Europe on the Italian island of Lampedusa this September.
Separately, the source said that chatter in the last couple of weeks had raised concern within French security services that churches in France could be attacked.
The Italian interior ministry said Brahim Aouissaoui is Tunisian and was identified by Italian police in the southern city of Bari on Oct. 9.
Authorities gave him seven days’ notice to leave the country. He was not directly accompanied to the border as he didn’t have any previous criminal records, and was not reported by Tunisian authorities as a potential terrorist.
European Council leaders condemned the brutal attack in France and urged leaders around the world to work toward understanding and dialogue among communities and religions, rather than division.
In a joint statement issued by EU Council Chief Charles Michel, the 27 leaders said they were “shocked and saddened” by the attacks in France, adding they condemn the attacks in the “strongest possible terms,” which represent “attacks on our shared values . ”
Aouissaoui arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa in late September, when authorities placed him in coronavirus quarantine before releasing him with an order to leave Italian territory. He arrived in France in early October, sources close to the investigation told the AFP news agency.
French authorities say Aouissaoui had no identity papers on him when police shot and wounded him after the attack, but was carrying a document giving his name from the Italian Red Cross. He had not made any demand for political asylum in France.
Prosecutors in Sicily have confirmed to the Guardian that Aouissaoui arrived in Lampedusa on 20 September, then spent 14 days on a quarantine boat before being transferred to Bari on the mainland on 9 October.
The high number of arrivals from Tunisia means repatriation procedures from Italy are often delayed. Instead, Tunisians are frequently given an “exit slip”, requiring them to leave Italy within seven days. Aouissaoui had received such an order but, like many, traveled illegally to France.
Sicilian prosecutors also confirmed that Aouissaoui had no papers with him and said that a picture of him released by the French police matched the one in their possession.
According to magistrates, the “current and most probable hypothesis” is that he traveled to Lampedusa onboard a small vessel.
Europol said in a report earlier this year that there were no signs of systematic use of “irregular migration” by terrorist organisations.
A UN committee of experts, however, said the arrest of nine Syrians, an Egyptian and a Turkmen in Cyprus in May 2020, all linked to either Isis or Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups, showed that potential terrorists could use illegal migration routes to reach Europe.
Matteo Salvini, Italy’s far-right former interior minister, said that if reports Aouissaoui had landed in Lampedusa were confirmed, the current interior minister, Luciana Lamorgese, should resign or be sacked.