French authorities say train shooter was well-prepared

French prosecutor Francois Molins says train attack by Ayoub El Khazzani well prepared, premeditated

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani

It has been revealed, Ayoub el Khazzani, the 25-year-old Moroccan man who was responsible for the failed train shooting last week in France, was carrying 270 bullets for his Kalashnikov assault riffle, a Luger pistol, a box cutter and a bottle of petrol on the train bound for Paris from Amsterdam.

According to French prosecutor Francois Molins, the attack was well-prepared and premeditated.

“He was carrying 270 bullets for his assault rifle [AK-47] and a bottle of petrol. He had watched YouTube audio files whilst already on the Thalys train in which an individual called on the faithful to fight and take up arms in the name of the Prophet [Muhammad],” Mollins said in a statement on Tuesday.

French authorities previously said Khazzani, who used to live in France, Spain, and Belgium, has links to militants and has traveled to Syria.

During the attack, no deaths were reported thanks to three Americans and a Briton who managed to tackle the gunman.

The men who stopped the attack on the train were awarded France’s highest honour medal on Monday by the French President Francois Hollande.

President Hollande awarded the men with the medal that was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 called the Legion d’Honneur meaning “outstanding merit.”

Alek Skarlatos, a member of the US National Guard, US student Anthony Sadler and Briton Chris Norman were granted the award during a ceremony where the Prime Minister Manuel Valls, the head of the French rail company, and several senior officials were present.

TRTWorld and agencies