PARIS, France: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Saturday for an attack in which a Tunisian plowed a heavy truck into a crowd in Nice, killing 84 people.
French investigators have said that he had no known connection to jihadist groups, however, and no hard evidence to back the IS claim has been presented.
Here are major attacks claimed by IS against western targets since early 2015, along with two that Turkish officials have blamed it for.
July 14, 2016: FRANCE
Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, rams a 19-tonne truck into a crowd that had watched fireworks on France’s Bastille Day national holiday, killing 84 people. The IS claims he was one of their “soldiers” and staged the attack “in response to calls to target nations of coalition states that are fighting (IS).”
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says Lahouaiej-Bouhlel “seemed to have been radicalized very quickly from what his friends and family” have told police.
June 28, 2016: TURKEY
A triple suicide attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport kills 47 people. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says “the evidence points to Daesh,” an Arabic acronym for the IS.
June 13, 2016: FRANCE
A man armed with an knife who claims allegiance to the IS kills a senior police officer and his companion at their home in Magnanville, west of Paris.
June 12, 2016: UNITED STATES
A gunman who claims allegiance to IS opens fire inside a gay bar in Orlando, Florida and kills 49 people in the deadliest mass shooting in US history. IS later says the man was a fighter for their Islamic caliphate.
March 22, 2016: BELGIUM
Suicide attacks claimed by IS kill 32 people and wound more than 300 at the Brussels airport and Maelbeek metro station, near European Union offices. They appear to have been carried out by members of the same cell that committed attacks in Paris four months earlier.
Jan. 12, 2016: TURKEY
Twelve German tourists are killed in a suicide attack in central Istanbul. On March 19, three Israeli tourists and an Iranian are killed by a suicide bomber at an Istanbul shopping center. Turkish authorities attribute both attacks to IS.
Nov. 13, 2015: FRANCE
Coordinated suicide attacks in Paris kill 130 people and wound more than 350 at the Bataclan concert hall, cafes and the national stadium. IS claims responsibility for the attacks.
Oct. 31, 2015: EGYPT
An Airbus jetliner owned by a Russian company crashes with 224 people on board in the Sinai desert after a bomb rips a hole in the plane. IS claims responsibility.
June 26, 2015: TUNISIA
Gunmen kill 38 people, including 30 British tourists, at a beach hotel in Sousse, a little more than three months after a similar attack at the Bardo museum in Tunis kills 22 people, including 21 foreign tourists. IS claims both attacks.
Jan. 8, 2015: FRANCE
A gunman who claims allegiance to IS kills a policewoman in a Paris suburb before attacking a Jewish supermarket the next day, where he kills four more people. AFP