French train attack: Belgian station is close to notorious weapons supply line

The ease with which would be terrorists can purchase battlefield weapons on the streets of Europe was brought into the spotlight, as it emerged the station used by the gunman to launch his botched attack is close to a market notorious for illegal weapons trade.

Ayoub el-Khazzani boarded the train he had chosen for the attempted massacre at Brussels Gare du Midi, yards from where the terrorists behind the Charlie Hebdo atrocity in Paris this year bought their arsenal.