Profile Emerges of Suspect in Attack on Train to Paris

LONDON — The young man who emerged from a Thalys train bathroom on Friday with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, pistol and box cutter is believed to be Ayoub El Kahzani, 26, of Moroccan origin, who was known to the Spanish and French security services and is reported to have traveled to Syria last year.

With the man under interrogation by French antiterrorism authorities, who can hold him without charge for up to 96 hours, French officials cautioned that many details of his life, and even his identity, had yet to be confirmed.

But if the outlines of his profile prove correct, in particular that he had already been identified by officials as a potential threat, the case may once again underscore the challenges European authorities face as they try to keep track of several thousand people in Europe who have circulated to and from Iraq and Syria to join jihadist groups.

  • Blacksmith

    A note to all western governments.
    If someone travels to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Or any of the other islamist shitholes and join a jihadist group then revoke their passports and leave them there. If by some chance they do make it back, when you find them ship them back to the shithole they just came from. For feks sake if you hit your hand with a hammer it will hurt, that is just common sense, Islamist traveling to islamist shitholes are not going there for the beach life.

    • You’d think they’d have caught on by now.

      • Icebow

        OT: haven’t seen the Frau on here for a while. I hope she’s OK.

        • She is. She’s just moving and has a lot of hassle to deal with at the moment. Hasn’t got time to follow the news. She’s said she’ll try to be back soon. I’m looking forward to it.

          • Icebow

            Thanks for that. Not leaving the island, I trust.

          • Well Canada isn’t really an island, except I suppose in the broadest possible sense. But no. She’s just moving.

          • ntt1

            time consuming business..moving last time I moved it took me thirteen years to unpack the last box

          • Canadian


          • Icebow

            I meant V.I.

          • Bataviawillem

            Good to ear she is O.K.

  • Ed

    “Attacks like this one, combined with Europe’s difficulties this summer with a surge of migrants and asylum seekers from Iraq, Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Libya and other countries, have made some officials question the open borders under the Schengen Agreement, which allows free movement without border controls across much of the European Union.”

    Like blindfolded idiots, stumbling around feeling for the prize, listening to their voters yelling “…getting warmer!!!”

    • I am amazed at the idiocy that emanates from once sane nations.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    Good thing they have such draconian gun laws in Belgium and France. (Which they do – look it up)

  • ntt1

    the magnificent train staff have shown the way… when under attack and retreat is blocked lock yourself and the other staff in the nearest break room and let the passengers fend for themselves.. All the french have to do now is figure out a way to build a staff room big enough for all french citizens to fit , last time they called it Vichy france.

  • pdxnag

    You can’t just watch them. You have to exclude them, and their family, and their imams.

  • ed

    his lawyer says, he found the ak47, the hand gun , the knifes ,300 rounds of ammo ,in a suitcase ! that’s his defence and he is sticking to it