Did French train terror suspect slip through European security net?

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The man arrested after a thwarted attack on a train last Friday was known to intelligence agencies in several countries, including France. Yet Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, was still able to board a busy Paris-bound train after acquiring an assault rifle and ammunition. Michel Deléan and Louise Fessard ask if European secret services again let a potential terrorist through the net – or whether surveillance on so many potential suspects is simply impossible.

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Was it, in the end, yet another failure by the intelligence services? Ayoub El-Khazzani, who was arrested after a thwarted armed attack on an Amsterdam to Paris train last Friday evening, and placed under formal investigation late on Tuesday night for attempted murder as part of a terrorist attack, had already been flagged to French officials by Spanish counterparts back in February 2014. As French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed at the weekend this was because he was believed to belong to the “radical Islamist movement”.