Italian police confirmed Thursday they’ve arrested a person suspected of supplying weapons to the person who rammed a truck right into a Bastille Day crowd within the southern French metropolis of Good in 2016, killing 86 individuals.
Endri Elezi, a 28-year-old Albanian, is suspected of “supplying weapons to Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel”, the Tunisian who carried out the assault on July 14, France’s Bastille Day nationwide vacation, a police assertion stated.
He was picked up on Wednesday night at Sparanise, close to the southern Italian metropolis of Naples, by officers performing on a European arrest warrant issued by the French authorities.
In line with French sources, Elezi, generally known as “Gino”, is accused of offering Bouhlel with an assault rifle.
He’s amongst eight individuals ordered final month by the Paris appeals court docket to face trial for his or her alleged function within the 2016 assault. The trial is not going to happen till 2022.
Bouhlel was shot useless by police on the wheel of the automobile he had used to kill individuals as they celebrated the vacation on Good’s waterfront, wounding greater than 400 individuals.
It got here lower than a yr after the lethal assaults in November 2015 that noticed 130 individuals killed in bombings and shootings throughout Paris together with on the Bataclan live performance corridor.
The Islamic State group claimed accountability for the Good assault, though prosecutors stated there was no proof that Bouhlel had sworn allegiance to the jihadist group.
Beneath the phrases of the European arrest warrant, Italy should hand over Elezi to the French authorities inside 10 days if he doesn’t object, in any other case inside 60 days.