French Terrorist Mohamed Bouhlel, who killed 84 people and injured hundreds more with a large truck July 14 in Nice, had a 73-year-old male lover.
Reports indicate Bouhlel was obsessed with fitness and sex, and actively pursued both sexes. Bouhlel was a heavy drug user, used salsa dancing to pick up women in night clubs, and may have been using steroids to bolster his physique. One acquaintance told The Associated Press, “He always hit on all girls, old, young.” His hard partying bisexual lifestyle lies in stark contrast to Islamic State preachings.
Paris prosecutors now believe Bouhlel planned the attacks over a series of months, and had planning photos and other extremist materials on the same phone he had a 73-year-old man listed as his “main” lover.
One French counterterrorism official told the Associated Press Bouhlel’s lifestyle may have been part of his cover to throw off any interception by French authorities. France is currently over run with internal terrorism suspects. In late June, The New York Times reported France has 10,000 active suspects on its highest threat level terror watch list and less than 5,000 federal agents to surveil them. Worse, French anti-terror agents can only surveil 250 of the 10,000 suspects at any one time, because 24-hour surveillance requires 20 agents per suspect.
Bouhlel’s pursuit of women and drugs is not uncommon among future terrorists. 9/11 hijacker and ringleader Mohammed Atta reportedly made trips to Las Vegas where he drank, gambled, and visited strip clubs. In the past, ISIS and al-Qaida have counseled would-be terrorists it is ok to pursue these activities in order to shield yourself from police surveillance.
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