Last week an Egyptian named Abdallah el-Hamamy was shot while attacking soldiers with a machete in the vicinity of the Louvre art museum in Paris. Mr. el-Hamamy was carrying paint sprayers (or “bombs”), apparently intending to vandalize works of art.
Given the would-be vandal’s shouts of “Allahu Akhbar” as he attacked the soldiers, it rapidly became impossible for public offices to maintain a “nothing to do with Islam” line concerning the incident. Thus there was a quick retreat to the customary fallback position: he was a “lone wolf”.
However, that line has also failed to hold. According to investigators, Abdallah was sending large quantities of money to people just before his attack at the Louvre. Were the recipients his friends? Accomplices? Or just random acquaintances he met on the street?
Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this TV news report, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:00||A couple of days before the Louvre attack, while he was already in France|
|00:04||Abdallah El-Hamamy sent money|
|00:08||to a European country. €2,000 January 31, €3,000 February 1.|
|00:12||Funds sent by money order through Western Union.|
|00:16||The investigators find those transfers intriguing.|
|00:20||First they wonder about the extent of the suspect’s financial means.|
|00:24||They also wonder if he had any accomplices.|
|00:28||Thanks to international cooperation,|
|00:32||and also to El-Hamamy’s friend, an Egyptian based in the UAE|
|00:36||knew the ropes of his projects. At least he knew that El-Hamamy|
|00:40||wasn’t coming back; because the suspect commissioned him to sell all his belongings|
|00:44||he also gave him his credit card and the keys to his apartment|
|00:48||before leaving for France. The suspect, still in the hospital,|
|00:52||told investigators his version.|
|00:56||He said he chose the Louvre as an emblem of France. He affirmed|
|01:00||that he never wanted to target people, only the works of art, which he wanted to tag|
|01:04||with his spray paint. His two machetes were not supposed to see service,|
|01:08||but were there solely as weapons of dissuasion. The statements were|
|01:12||judged to be “fairy tales” by the investigators. In addition El-Hamamy|
|01:16||confirms his adherence to the beliefs of ISIS, but he insists|
|01:20||that he acted alone, on nobody’s orders; there once again the investigators are extremely cautious.