On Friday, a 25-year-old, petty drug dealer equipped with a gun killed 3 people and wounded a police man fatally in southwest France. Later, the police shot him dead. Later when identified, the name of the gunman was Radouane Lakdim. A rap sheet has been filed against the French born Moroccan citizen. Deep investigation by the investigators revealed that, Lakdim was threatened by Islamic radicalism. In 2014, Lakdim was living in Carcassonne when he was put under the scanner as a suspected possible extremist.
Top anti-terror prosecutor of France, Francois Molins said that Lakdim had connections with the Salafist movement. In 2011 he was found guilty of carrying a prohibited weapon. Later again he was found disobeying an order from the court and as well as for using drugs. In 2016 and 2017, the intelligence service subjected an investigation on him which did not bring out any evidence that he was linked to terrorist activities.
On Friday, when Lakdim entered the Super U supermarket in Tresbes, he shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and screamed that he was ready to die for Syria. In this declaration he demanded, to free his brothers in Syria. After that, he killed an employee and his client.
A neighbor of Lakdim said that, he was very simple kid from a regular family. Media reported that, Lakdim lived with his family members. The witnesses present at the spot were willing to talk to the reporters. A relative of Lakdim was reached over by phone, but as soon as the phone got connected they hung up.
In the recent years, France has seen many instances of vandalism and drug dealing in many of its districts. Over the last few years France has been seeing a pattern of young men indulging themselves in petty crimes and terrorist activities. Lakdim’s action also followed this same trend. Since 2015, 250 people have been killed in France due to various Jihadi activities.