Brahim Aouissaoui Wiki – Brahim Aouissaoui Bio
French officials named Brahim Aouissaoui as the suspected attacker. A source providing information about the investigation told CNN that he first arrived in Europe in September.
The Tunisian Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday that an investigation was launched in Tunisia following the Nice attack, according to the state-run TAP report.
“According to the initial elements of the investigation, the aggressor is a Tunisian citizen,” Deputy Prosecutor Mohsen Dali said.
Dali added that the counter-terrorism prosecutor appointed the case to a special security unit for further investigation and investigation.
Earlier today, French authorities chose Brahim Aouissaoui as the storage attacker. A source providing information about the investigation told CNN that he first arrived in Europe in September.
Meanwhile, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry condemned the attack in a statement. He expressed his solidarity with the French government and citizens and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
A source informed about the investigation told CNN that the attacker from the warehouse arrived in Europe on the Italian island of Lampedusa this September.
Separately, the source said the chatter over the past few weeks has raised concerns in French security services that French churches 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 October 9th.
The authorities gave him seven days notice to leave the country. He was not directly escorted to the border, as he had no previous criminal record and had not been reported as a potential terrorist by Tunisian authorities.
Council of Europe leaders condemned the brutal attack in France and urged leaders around the world to work for understanding and dialogue between communities and religions rather than division.
In a joint statement issued by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the 27 leaders stated that they were “shocked and saddened” by the attacks in France, adding that they condemned the attacks “under the strongest possible conditions” that “represent attacks on our common values.”
Aouissaoui arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa in late September, when authorities put him in coronavirus quarantine before ordering him to leave the Italian region. Sources close to the investigation arrived in France in early October, told AFP news agency.
French officials said that when Aouissaoui was shot and injured by police after the attack, Aouissaoui was not wearing an identity card, but carried a name-bearing document from the Italian Red Cross. He did not seek any political asylum in France.
Prosecutors in Sicily confirmed to the Guardian that Aouissaoui arrived in Lampedusa on 20 September, then stayed on the quarantine boat for 14 days before being transferred to Bari on the mainland on 9 October.
The high number of arrivals from Tunis means that return procedures from Italy are often delayed. Instead, Tunisians are often given an “exit voucher” that requires them to leave Italy within seven days. Aouissaoui had received such an order, but, like many, he traveled illegally to France.
Sicilian prosecutors also confirmed that Aouissaoui had no documents, and said a photo of him released by the French police matches the one they had.
According to the judges, the “current and most likely hypothesis” is that he traveled to Lampedusa in a small ship.
In a report released earlier this year, Europol said there were no signs of systematic use of “irregular immigration” by terrorist organizations.
However, a UN committee of experts said the arrest of nine Syrians, one Egyptian and one Turkmen in Cyprus in May 2020, all linked to ISIS or al-Qaeda affiliated groups, demonstrated that potential terrorists could use illegal immigration routes to reach them. Europe.
Matteo Salvini, Italy’s far-right ex-interior minister, said that if reports of Aouissaoui landing on Lampedusa are confirmed, current interior minister Luciana Lamorgese should resign or be dismissed.