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Albanian arrested over supply of arms to Nice truck attacker
21 April 2021, 23:04
Endri Elenzi was reportedly detained in Italy.
A 28-year-old Albanian wanted in connection with a 2016 terrorism attack in Nice which killed 86 people has been arrested in southern Italy.
News agency LaPresse said police arrested the suspect, identified as Endri Elenzi, on Wednesday in Sparanise about 25 miles north of Naples.
Elenzi was wanted on a European arrest warrant issued by France for allegedly having provided arms to the attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, Lapresse said.
Bouhlel was killed by police after driving a truck down Nice’s Promenade des Anglais and into a crowd assembled for a Bastille Day fireworks display.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the July 14 2016, attack.
French authorities say that Bouhlel, a Tunisian with French residency, was inspired by the extremist group’s propaganda but that no evidence has been found that IS orchestrated the attack.
France’s counter-terrorism prosecutors last year made a formal request for nine suspects to face trial in connection with the attack.