Nice attack: Ties to ISIS not yet established, official says

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  • Prosecutor: Computer shows attacker had interest in "radical jihadist movement"
Correction: In previous reporting regarding Mohammed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the Nice, France, attacker, CNN quoted Corentin Delobel, a lawyer who said he had represented him in the past. Several French news outlets including CNN's affiliate, BFM, now report that Delobel in fact never represented Bouhlel. This article has been updated to remove comments about the attacker made by Delobel.

(CNN)French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said that any link between the man who killed 84 people in a brazen attack on Bastille Day in the French Riviera city of Nice and ISIS has "yet to be established."

Cazeneuve told RTL France that while ISIS has claimed responsibility for last week's truck rampage, which he called an attack "of a terrorist nature," it remained to be seen exactly how the attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, was connected to the Iraq and Syria-based jihadist group.
    "What we want to know now is what were the links between the man who was behind this dreadful attack and the terrorist networks," Cazeneuve said.
      "Those links, for the moment, have yet to be established by the investigation. So we must still be prudent with what we say on that subject."
      Later, prosecutor François Molins said the attacker searched online for terrorist propaganda in the days before Thursday's attack, and a search of his personal computer yielded photos of dead bodies and fighters holding the ISIS flag.
      "If no element at this stage shows the allegiance of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel nor links with individuals claiming to be from (ISIS), the use of his computer, as I've just detailed to you, illustrates an interest and, at this stage, we can say recent investigations into the jihadist radical movement," Molins told reporters.
      However, the prosecutor said, Bouhlel was not a practicing Muslim. He had a history of eating pork, drinking alcohol, taking drugs, engaging in "promiscuous" sex and being "a particularly violent individual to his wife and children."

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