A terrorist who used a hired lorry to kill at least 84 people in a rampage during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice has been named as a convicted criminal well known to the police for armed attacks.Abattoir is a term for a slaughterhouse. Seems fitting. There is video out there of the carnage, but I'm not going to link to it -- we have altogether too many snuff videos out there now and I'd rather not traffic in such things.
Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old delivery driver, was reported to be a French passport holder who lived in the Riviera city and was regularly in trouble with the law.
At least 10 children are among the dead following the "cowardly and barbaric" atrocity that left at least one British national among the many injured. Officials fear the death toll will rise.
As hundreds remained in hospital - including 18 fighting for their lives in intensive care - anti-terrorist judges opened an investigation into "mass murder" and investigators searched the home of the driver in the Abattoirs area of Nice.
France has a real problem on its hands. There are thousands, maybe millions, of people who are similar to Bouhlel, many seething with rage over their station in life and thereby susceptible to the siren of ISIS. Civilization is a fragile thing.