He denies any terrorist intent but Ayoub El Khazzani, reported as radical Islamist, has made trips to Syria and Turkey over the past two years: the investigators are trying to learn more about the heavily armed man was overpowered by passengers Friday in a Paris-Amsterdam train, avoiding bloodshed. Here are 4 things to know about the suspect.
Born September 3, 1989, Ayoub El Khazzani , aged 25, is a Moroccan national born in the city of Tetouan (north coast) which, according to Spanish information, lived seven years in Spain, first in Madrid from 2007, and then until March 2014 Algeciras in Andalusia, where attending a mosque identified as Salafist .
He was known for “drug trafficking” when he lived in the latter city, situated on the Bay Gibraltar, an offense for which he had been detained at least once. A source close to French intelligence services told AFP that the Spanish authorities had reported in their February 2014 that this man was capable of coming to France.
Reported by the Spanish authorities to the French intelligence services because of his membership in the radical Islamist movement, the individual was the subject of a listing “S” (for “state security ) concerning him, so that security forces refer to intelligence services if he was spotted.
According to a source close to the investigation quoted by the daily “Liberation”, this plug “ mentions no control over the French territory between February 2014 and the attack on Friday night” .
However, this does not mean that it has never visited France in that time, “the source said.
El Khazzani was also known Belgian authorities confirmed the Minister of Justice Koen Geens. L e Belgian federal prosecutor has opened an investigation to determine if it was involved in terrorist dies in Verviers dismantled in January.
#Des stays in Syria and Turkey
Ayoub El Khazzani “lived in Algeciras until March 2014 and decided to move to France,” said a source of the Spanish counter-terrorism services to the Spanish daily “El Pais “. “Once in France, he moved to Syria before returning to France,” adds the source … A source of revelation bickering with the French services, which indicate their side not to have had.
This is “very surprising and the least original source makes today a Spanish state information in total contradiction with the elements that have been handed down so far,” said a . French police source
On May 10, 2015, due to its fichage, ISB locates El Khazzani in Berlin, where he embarked for Istanbul, Turkey – which France informed Spain the next day. Ten days later, according to this source, the Spanish authorities informed the French services qu’Ayoub El Khazzani is now installed in Belgium. C ‘is also in Brussels he boarded the Thalys August 21.
Transferred Arras Saturday morning in Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine), at the headquarters of the Anti-Terrorism Sub-Directorate (SDAT) and SID, the suspect denied any involvement in terrorism.
After initially refused to comment, Ayoub El Khazzani explained that he found the suitcase and weapons it contained “in a Brussels Park” and that he would soon formed the project to fleece the passengers of a train. He was going “to try Arms” when it was attacked by the passengers.
A version whimsical considered by investigators.