A former Al Jazeera reporter blamed “French Islamophobia” and the nation’s foreign policy for the Nice terrorist attack that claimed at least 84 lives and injured more than 200.
“So basically murderous French foreign policy and French Islamophobia and racism has nothing to do with attacks on French soil,” a third read. “Yeah right.”
After social media users took issue with the remarks, the journalist called his detractors “moronic.”
“The moronic reaction to my obvious truths about French foreign policy and Islamophobia is indicative of why cycle of violence will not stop,” he wrote.
Mr. Salih also sarcastically suggested authorities won’t — but, apparently, should — “investigate” people who disagreed with his sentiments.
“I’ve retweeted many of the Islamophobes and racists currently trolling me,” he wrote. “Trust police will investigate.”
At least 84 were killed at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France, on Thursday night when Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhel drove a rented, 20-ton truck into the crowd. Of the more than 200 injured, 52 are in critical condition and 25 are in comas.
The attack ended when police shot into the truck, killing the assailant.
It comes less than a year after Islamic State terrorists killed 130 and injured hundreds in an attack on Paris.
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