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By Ray Sanchez, CNN
Updated 3:00 PM ET, Thu July 21, 2016
Molins said authorities are investigating five suspects who are in custody on terror charges
related to the attack that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel carried out on Bastille Day,
France's main national holiday.
One suspect allegedly sent Bouhlel a Facebook message saying, "Load the truck with tons
of iron and cut the brakes. I'll look brother."
Bouhlel, 31, drove a 20-ton truck through hundreds who had gathered to watch the Bastille
Day fireworks on the Mediterranean city's waterfront.
Police are at the scene with the truck used in the Bastille Day attack on Nice's
Promenade des Anglais.
An analysis of cell phone and computer content -- including a photo of last year's Bastille Day
fireworks event focused on the crowd -- showed Bouhlel had been planning the assault since
at least 2015, Moins said.
The cell phone content also included information on the drug Captagon, an amphetamine
pill that can cause a surge of energy and a euphoric high.
Jihadist fighters sometimes use this drug.
"The investigation underway since the night of July 14 has progressed and not only confirmed
the murderous premeditated nature of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel's act but also established
that he benefited from support and accomplices," Molins said at a news conference.
French authorities had previously said six people were in custody in connection with the
An Albanian couple was arrested Sunday, according to the Paris prosecutor's office. Agnes
Thibault Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the anti-terrorism prosecutor, did not provide details
on their alleged connection.
Bouhlel's estranged wife was arrested at her apartment July 15 and later released without
charges, her attorney, Jean-Yves Garino, told CNN.
Garino said the woman, who is the mother of Bouhlel's three children, had not been in
contact with the attacker since they were in the middle of divorce proceedings.