Prosecutors charged a Moroccan man on Tuesday for last week’s attack on a high-speed train, which officials say was “targeted and premeditated.” Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, was charged with attempted murder, attempted mass murder and membership in a terrorist organization, according to the prosecutor.
Earlier on Tuesday, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters El-Khazzani had watched a jihadi video on his cellphone minutes before he opened fire with an AK-46 on a Thalys and was tackled by three Americans.
El-Khazzani, who claimed to be homeless and only planned to rob passengers, used a first-class ticket and refused to take an earlier train with seats available, according to Molins.
The suspect boarded the train carrying an assault rifle, 270 rounds of ammunition, a pistol, a box-cutter and a bottle of gasoline, Molins said. Read more at BBC News.