From the Tunisian wilaya of Sfax, the mother, with her eyes wet with tears, said she was surprised to hear that her son was in France when he called upon his arrival and had no idea what he was planning.
"You don't know the French language, you don't know anyone there, you will live alone there. Why, why did you go there?" She said she told him over the phone at the time.
His brother told al-Arabiya that al-Issawi told the family that he would sleep in front of the church, and he sent them a picture showing him in the cathedral where the attack took place. He said, "He didn't tell me anything.
" A neighbor said he knew the assailant when he was a mechanic and held other strange jobs, and he showed no signs of extremism.
France's counterterrorism prosecutor said the suspect, a Tunisian, born in 1999, arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a major landing point for migrants crossing boats from North Africa, on September 20 and traveled to Bari, a port city in southern Italy. On October 9th. It is not clear when he arrived in Nice.
The attack is the third in less than two months that the French authorities have attributed to extremists, including the beheading of a teacher who had shown cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace) in the classroom after the photos were re-published in a satirical newspaper. Charlie Hebdo.
President Emmanuel Macron said he would immediately increase the number of soldiers deployed to protect schools and religious sites from about 3,000 to 7,000.