Keyword: Ayoub El-Khazzani
Moroccan national Ayoub El Khazzani, who was overpowered by off-duty US soldiers when he attempted to launch a shooting attack on passengers of an Amsterdam-Paris Thalys train on August 21st 2015, and three other men charged with helping him appeared in a Paris court on Monday at the start of their trial which is expected to last until December 17th.
Interior ministers hold security summit in Paris to formulate co-ordinated response to threat of an atrocity on Europe’s rail networks.
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.
François Hollande said that Friday's train attack could have resulted in 'monstrous carnage' without the courage of several passengers.
French president tells three Americans and a Briton who disarmed attacker: 'You put your lives at risk in order to defend freedom.'
Moroccan national Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, identified by his fingerprints, claims robbery was the motive of his attack on passengers of Thalys train.