Monday, 31 August 2015

Ayoub El-Khazzani

Ayoub El-Khazzani got onto a high speed train in Belgium and opened fire on passengers before being overpowered by off duty US military personnel and a British businessman when his gun jammed.

Khazzani was armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, 270 rounds of ammunition, a Luger pistol, a bottle of petrol, a box-cutter and a hammer.

Khazzani denies planning to launch a terrorist attack, saying he had come across a stash of weapons in a Belgian park and decided to use it to rob passengers.

He came to the attention of anti-terror authorities for having jihadist beliefs and attending a radical mosque in the southern city of Algeciras and was flagged up to France by the Spanish authorities in February 2014 as an Islamist extremist who may travel to France.

He clearly intended to murder innocent passengers indiscriminately.