tags: hero defeats terrorist, mideast-muslim suspect, terrorist, cover story - found gun, cover story (was robbery), multiple weapons - 2 guns 1 knife, Hidden Motive Terrorists,
5 injured August 21, 2015 Islamist ISIS Terrorist Gunman on French Train Stopped by Off Duty Soldiers and Passengers Thalys train attack was a foiled mass shooting that took place on on a Thalys train in France, travelling from Amsterdam to Paris via Brussels when the perpetrator Ayoub El Khazzani armed with AK-47, pistol and box cutter opened fire in a train carriage before being subdued by passengers. Including the assailant, five people were injured, none fatally. The gunman who is an Arab Muslim from Morocco was already known to and being tracked anti-terrorist authorities acrosss Europe because of his ISIS and jihadist sympathies. The incident is believed by French police to be an Islamist terrorist attack. The gunman gave police a fanciful cover story that he just found a terrorists stash of weapons in the park while homeless, and decided at the moment because he was hungry to rob passengers for money so that he could eat. His father blames the suspects former employer for leaving him without a job.Suspect known to French authorities as connected to terrorists, and been similarly profiled by Belgian, Spanish, and German authorities. In December 2016, suspect told police his route from Syria through Turkey and into Europe, travelling with Abdelhamid Abaaoud who was a commander in the later Paris terrorist attacks and said that his true purpose was to target Americans in first class, not the ridiculous cover story to commit a robbery for food with a rifle he found in park.
A 28-year-old French banker, only known as "Damien A.", was heading to the toilet as the armed gunman was exiting. Damien A. attempted to restrain or disarm the gunman but in the ensuing struggle lost his balance and fell to the floor. A French and American academic working at the Sorbonne, 51-year-old Mark Moogalian, then attempted to wrest the rifle from the gunman, who then drew an automatic Luger pistol and shot Moogalian through the back of the neck. Another bullet grazed the train's conductor. The assailant also tried to shoot his rifle, but it jammed. The gunman was then tackled and subdued by a group of three American friends, two of them off-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- Traveled to Turkey
- On terrorist watch lists in Europe
- First class ticket on train. Who paid for it?
- Weapons - AK-47, pistol, box cutter knife
2015 Thalys Train attack - Wikipedia, The 2015 Thalys attack was an attempted mass shooting that took place on 21 August 2015 on a Thalys train passing through Oignies, Pas-de-Calais, France.The train was traveling from Amsterdam to Paris via Brussels when the perpetrator opened fire in a train carriage before being subdued by passengers. Including the assailant, five people were injured, none fatally. The incident is believed by French police to be an Islamist terrorist attack, although the gunman claimed the motivation was robbery due to hunger.People who subdued the attacker were each made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur.
Foiled France train attacker 'was targeting Americans' AFP December 15, 2016 Ayoub El Khazzani accused of attacking a high-speed train in France before he was overpowered by US servicemen has said he was targeting Americans... had a "precise, well-defined target", the source said... no accident that he boarded the first-class part of the train.".. However, the lawyer said her client had told investigators he had not intended to "carry out a massacre and kill just anyone" on the Amsterdam to Paris train in August 2015... [his earlier cover story was a lie].. only wanted to carry out a robbery, using a Kalashnikov rifle he claimed he found in a park where he was sleeping rough... gunman described his route from Syria through Turkey and into Europe, travelling with Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who a few months later would play a leading role in the Paris attacks in which 130 people were killed.
Hungarian authorities say they have records of the pair entering Hungary on August 1 before heading for Austria as they moved through Europe.
El Khazzani, who is in custody in France, is due to be questioned again on December 20.
Train Gunman's Facebook Featured 'Terrorist Content' NBC News (He took a page out of the illegal Mexican who found a loaded gun. except train man also found 554 bullets instead of shooting just one person) That should tell people what that intent of the SF illegal alien was to be a terrorist, and his mission was to kill that woman or some other person. That his gun was stolen from federal agent points to a conspiracy or foreign intelligence operation. They must be using the same scriptwriter. Proof of "intelligent design". Train guy also can't explain where he got the gun or money for first class ticket or his trips to turkey if he is "homeless". What homeless guy pays first class and then robs people for food? account was deactivated Saturday for "violating policies and community standards that forbid content promoting terrorism" and "terrorist content,"
Who deactivated his Facebook page? a few hours after the attack his Facebook page is disabled. A question arises: who had access to the account of Ayoub El Khazzani? Obviously not the suspect himself, This event did not prevent investigators recover all data from Ayoub El Khazzani Facebook page.
He presents himself as a homeless and says he would have found the weapons in a park in Brussels. Ayoub El Khazzani , the alleged terrorist Thalys was still in custody Monday and continues to deny having wanted to carry out an attack. The man ensures he intended only rob the passengers of the train, which investigators doubt. Reportedly, Ayoub El Kazzhani spent at least two months in France, early 2014: period during which he worked in the Paris region for a mobile phone company. has past six months would have visited Belgium, France, but also in Austria and Germany
Thalys: the father of the suspect described as a "good boy" Aug. 24, 2015 father of the suspect boarded the Thalys heavily armed Friday expressed his astonishment in the press and described his son as a normal boy, fan of "football and fishing." His son was a "good boy, very hardworking." Mohammed El Khazzani, the father of the young Moroccan who broke a Kalashnikov in his hand in a Thalys train, testified Sunday for the first time in the British newspaper The Telegraph . son Ayoub "never talked politics, just football and fishing." Arrested twice for trafficking in cannabis in 2009, Ayoub had stopped smoking "and seemed very quiet" when he returned to his parents in 2012, says his father.
UK Telegraph: Terrorist's father blaming firing from phone company after 1 month, speaks for the first time Ayoub El-Khazzani's father Mohamed weeps as he says 'I have no idea what he was thinking' Mohamed El-Khazzani, speaking exclusively to The Telegraph, said his son was a "good boy" and expressed incredulity at his actions. "I have no idea what he was thinking and I have not spoken to him for over a year,” said Mr El-Khazzani."He was a good boy, very hardworking." returning to be with his parents in 2012 after a troubled spell in Madrid, his son had given up smoking hashish and seemed very calm. Blames the phone company for firing him after only a month on a six month contract, what is he supposed to eat? six Moroccan youths from Algeciras were taken to work in France around 18 months ago on six-month contracts. “Then after one month they were just kicked out. So now he’s in France, not Spain. What is he meant to do? What is he supposed to eat? "But no, *** they’re criminals in that company, using people like that***.” Friends: He and his brother were very devout; they dressed like Afghans and all that, but I can’t believe this,” said one young man of Moroccan origin. “He would sit with us while we smoked joints, you know?
Sequence; Damien A tries to tackle gunman, falls. Mark Magoolian 51 yr old professor grabs the rifle but attacker pulls gun and shoots him in back. then 3 Americans off duty soldiers run towards attacker and restrain him.
2015 Thalys attack
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|2015 Thalys attack|
The attack took place on a Thalys train similar to this one.
|Location||On board Thalys train n°9364 inOignies, Pas-de-Calais, France.|
|Date||21 August 2015|
|5 (4 directly, including the perpetrator)|
|Ayoub El Kahzzani|
The 2015 Thalys attack was an attempted mass shooting that took place on 21 August 2015 on a Thalys train passing through Oignies, Pas-de-Calais, France. The train was traveling from Amsterdam to Paris via Brussels when the perpetrator opened fire in a train carriage before being subdued by passengers. Including the assailant, five people were injured, none fatally. The incident is believed by French police to be an Islamist terrorist attack, although the gunman claimed the motivation was robbery due to hunger. People who subdued the attacker were each made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur.
At approximately 17:45 (5:45 p.m.) on 21 August, on Thalys train 9364 traveling from Amsterdam to Paris, a 26-year-old Moroccan man, reportedly identified as Ayoub El-Kahzzani, was exiting the toilets on train car No. 12, reportedly as soon as the train passed the border into France. He was shirtless and visibly armed with aKalashnikov rifle, for which he had nine magazines of ammunition.
A 28-year-old French banker, only known as "Damien A.", was heading to the toilet as the armed gunman was exiting. Damien A. attempted to restrain or disarm the gunman but in the ensuing struggle lost his balance and fell to the floor. A French and American academic working at the Sorbonne, 51-year-old Mark Moogalian, then attempted to wrest the rifle from the gunman, who then drew an automatic Luger pistol and shot Moogalian through the back of the neck. According to Agnès Ogier, the director of Thalys, another bullet grazed the train's conductor. The assailant also tried to shoot his rifle, but it jammed.
The gunman was then tackled and subdued by a group of three American friends, two of them off-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces. They were identified as 23-year-old United States Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone of the 65th Air Base Wing; 23-year-old Sacramento State senior Anthony Sadler; and Alek Skarlatos, a 22-year-old Oregon Army National Guard Specialist on holiday after deployment in Afghanistan. Sadler told CNN that when the gunman opened fire, Skarlatos yelled "Get him!" after which "Spencer immediately gets up to charge the guy, followed by Alek, then myself." In an interview with Sky News, Skarlatos added that they had been lucky that the attacker's rifle had jammed.
Stone was reportedly the first one to attack the gunman and was slashed multiple times while trying to subdue him, sustaining injuries at the head and neck. Stone put him in the chokehold, holding on though the assailant was cutting him with a box cutter, nearly severing his thumb. Skarlatos seized the assailant's rifle and beat him in the head with the muzzle of it until he was unconscious. A British passenger, 62-year-old businessman Chris Norman, and an unidentified Frenchman came to their aid to hold the gunman down. They used Norman's T-shirt to tie his arms behind his back. They then helped Moogalian, who was losing a lot of blood through his gunshot wound. Stone initially tried to wrap his shirt around the wound, despite having an injured hand and cut eye. However, he realized it was not going to work and instead stuck two of his fingers down Moogalian's wound, found the carotid artery, and pushed down, which stopped the bleeding.
A video made with a cellphone shows the alleged perpetrator immobile, lying hogtied on the floor of the train, and blood visible on the windows and seats.
As the attack took place, the train, which was carrying 554 passengers, was passing Oignies in the Pas-de-Calais department. It was rerouted to the station of nearby Arras. Moogalian was airlifted to the University Hospital in Lille, while Stone later underwent surgery on his injured hand.
Account of Jean-Hugues Anglade
Jean-Hugues Anglade, a French actor traveling with his partner and children in the No. 11 car (the last car before the rear engine), was critical of the train crew for locking themselves in the engine car and not coming to the aid of passengers. Anglade told Paris Match that they heard gunshots and screaming in the next car, after which several crew members rushed past them to the engine car, opened it with a special key and locked themselves inside. Anglade, who cut his hand when he broke the glass to trigger the alarm, said he saw the gunman through the door between the cars. He described feeling that they were all going to die, and said:
Anglade stated that the dozen passengers in his car were pressed against the engine car door, banging on it and begging the crew to open it:
Anglade stated that Anthony Sadler came into their car searching for blankets and a first aid kit for the wounded, and told them the assailant had been subdued. Sadler also banged on the door of the engine car to no avail, said Anglade, who expressed his gratitude:
Anglade's claims of "abandonment" by the crew were denied by the Thalys corporation. Agnès Ogier, director-general of Thalys, defended the train employees, who she said "have fulfilled their duty" and were unaware the terrorist had been subdued. She also reported that a male employee took five or six passengers with him while seeking shelter in the baggage car. Guillaume Pepy, president of the SNCF, stated that he would personally meet with Anglade to discuss his complaints.
Ayoub El Kahzzani (born 3 September 1989, also spelled El Kahzani or el-Qahzzani), a 26-year-old man from Morocco, was identified as the suspected assailant by French and Spanish authorities. He carried no identification but was identified through his fingerprints. Prior to the attempted attack, he had resided in Montauban-de-Bretagne, Ille-et-Villaine, France, since 2014. El Kahzzani was originally from Tétouan in northern Morocco, and moved to Spain in 2007 after his father managed to legalise his status there two years previously. He boarded the train in Brussels.
El Kahzzani was apparently known to French authorities and had been tagged with a "fiche S" (S file), the highest "warning" level for French state security. He had been similarly profiled by Belgian, Spanish, and German authorities. El Kahzzani had reportedly lived in the Spanish cities of Madrid and Algeciras from 2007 to March 2014. During his time in Spain, he attracted the attention of authorities after making speeches defending jihad. He then moved to France, at which time the Spanish authorities informed the French of their suspicions. However, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve claimed that he moved to Belgium first in 2015. He had reportedly spent time between May and July in Syria before moving to France.
Sophie David, a lawyer assigned to his case but no longer representing him, said that El Kahzzani says he was homeless because his ID was stolen, that he slept in a Brussels park where he found a suitcase containing the rifle and the pistol, and that he had no intention to massacre the passengers but planned to rob them so he could get food. He denies firing a single shot and was said to not have any firearms training. On 23 August, Belgian authorities began investigating if El Kahzzani had an accomplice.
- Damien A., a 28-year-old French banker. The first to tackle the gunman, he wishes to remain anonymous.
- Mark Moogalian, a French-American scholar at the Sorbonne, wrestled the rifle from the gunman. Injury sustained: gunshot wound to the neck resulting in surgery in Lille.
- Spencer Stone, a 23-year-old United States Air Force Airman First Class, stationed with the 65th Air Base Wing; Injury sustained: right eye injury, stab wounds. Treated in hospital in Lesquin, near Lille. Awarded the Legion of Honour and also nominated for the United States Air Force highest non-combat award, the Airman's Medal ranked above the Purple Heart.
- Anthony Sadler,a 23-year-old Sacramento State senior, and former high school classmate of Stone.
- Alek Skarlatos, a 22-year-old Oregon Army National Guard Specialist on holiday after deployment in Afghanistan who was a former neighbor of Stone and classmate of Stone in middle school and part of high school.
- Chris Norman, a 62-year-old British businessman.
Possible source of weapons
In January 2015, French security officials determined that Amedy Coulibaly, one of the gunmen in the 2015 Île-de-France attacks, purchased automatic weapons and a rocket launcher from Belgian gangs, allegedly in a black market near Gare du Midi, the station that the gunman in the Thalys attack boarded from.
The anti-terror operation in Belgium after the attacks in France attempted to discover criminal networks of weapons smuggling.Stockpiles of Kalashnikov rifles were found in Verviers, Liège, where two suspects who had traveled to Syria were killed in a shootout with police. Liège was the site of a 2011 mass shooting that killed 6. French newspaper La Voix du Nord says that the gunman in the Thalys attack may have had connections to groups targeted by the counter-terror operation, and authorities are investigating the link.
- France: The Americans and Norman were hailed as "true heroes" and received medals for bravery from the mayor of Arras, Frédéric Leturque. French president François Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve praised them for their bravery.Stone, Skarlatos, Sadler, and Norman were each made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) on 24 August. Moogalian, an off-duty French train driver, and a French passenger who wished to remain anonymous are to receive the honor later.
- Belgium: Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel condemned the terrorist attack and expressed his sympathy for the victims. "We have opened an inquiry under the anti-terrorism law ... as the suspect boarded the train in Brussels," Eric Van der Sypt, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, said.
- Netherlands: Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders said that parliament should be recalled and the terrorism debate scheduled for early September should be brought forward. He wants the government to have more security. Labour MP Jeroen Recourt said extra security for stations and other busy places would be a form of sham safety, stating "You cannot secure everything".
- United Kingdom: British Prime Minister David Cameron praised the "extraordinary courage" of those involved in taking down the attacker.
- United States: The White House expressed gratitude for the "courage and quick thinking of several passengers, including U.S. service members, who selflessly subdued the attacker... It is clear that their heroic actions may have prevented a far worse tragedy."U.S. President Barack Obama called the three Americans on 22 August to personally thank them for their bravery. General Philip M. Breedlove of the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, added his voice to others calling the three Americans heroes for their actions, which "clearly illustrate the courage and commitment our young men and women have all the time, whether they are on duty or on leave."
In response to the attack, the Belgian government decided to increase patrols of Belgian police on Thalys trains and increase baggage checks. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel called for urgent talks with France, Germany and the Netherlands on increasing security on cross-border trains. The European Commission said that the Schengen treaty is non-negotiable, and that increased security checks cannot include border checks.
Koen Geens, the Belgian Minister of Justice called for increased collaboration within the EU on arms trafficking. Geens said "I do not believe that these weapons are of Belgian origin" and "here are far too many illegal Kalashnikovs and [military surplus] arriving in Belgium from Eastern Europe." He called for more effective arms control outside the Shengen zone, and flagged increased police powers against weapons traffickers.
- 2015 anti-terrorism operations in Belgium
- 2015 Île-de-France attacks
- 2015 Copenhagen shootings
- Jewish Museum of Belgium shooting
- Saint-Quentin-Fallavier attack
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Coordinates: 50°28′07.1″N 3°00′21.80″E
Video made inside the compartment shortly after the fight
Interview with two of the Americans and the British man, after receiving medals from the mayor of Arras
Railway accidents and incidents in 2015
Location and date
Odessa, TX, United States (14 January)
Valhalla, NY, United States (3 February)
Anekal, Karnataka, India (13 February)
Mount Carbon, WV, United States (16 February)
Rafz, Switzerland (20 February)
Oxnard, CA, United States (24 February)
Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom (7 March)
Halifax, NC, United States (9 March)
Dien Sanh, Vietnam (10 March)
Bachhrawan, Uttar Pradesh, India (20 March)
Phachi District, Thailand (26 March)
Los Angeles, CA, United States (28 March)
Denver, South Africa (28 April)
Philadelphia, PA, United States (12 May)
Ibbenbüren, Germany (16 May)
Gujranwala, Pakistan (2 July)
Maryville, TN, United States (2 July)
Studénka, Czech Republic (22 July)
Harda, Madhya Pradesh, India (4 August)
Near Oignies, France (21 August)