PARIS (AP) – Sir Neecha, an Islamic State operative, listened quietly as a Paris judge on Monday detailed his alleged plot to mass slaughter on a high-speed train before going on a US holiday. Done and American vacationer Dr. Inspired to direct Clint Eastwood. A Hollywood re-enactment.
Opening a month-long trial for Job El Khazani, the judge said the 31-year-old Morocco intended to “kill” all passengers boarding a Paris train from Amsterdam in 2015 with an infamous terrorist mastermind but lost control of the events . . “
The judges said one of the Americans encountered a bare-chested gunman, armed with an arsenal of weapons and shot at another passenger, telling investigators that he was into drugs and “completely insane” .
An advocate for two American soldiers and their friend, whose capture of El Khazani’s electrification was inspired by Eastwood’s film “The 15:17 to Paris”, stated that his valor during the play on August 21, 2015 was a “slaughter” did.
Lawyer Thibault de Montréal said, “More than 300 people could have been killed in this terrorist attack, which were found in the terrorist and his bag.”
In court with El Khazani and overseen by security officials, the trial was inaugurated largely with procedural issues requiring Eastwood’s presence. That question was not immediately resolved. The actor-director has not yet responded to the summons.
According to investigators, El Khazani boarded the train in Brussels in nine clips equipped with a Kalashnikov, 30 rounds each, an automatic pistol and a cutter.
He is accused of attempted terrorist murder. He faces a maximum life sentence in prison if found guilty.
His lawyer, Sarah Mauger-Polić, said that El Khazani “regrets being allowed to motivate himself with excesses” and wants him to “show his remorse.”
Three others, who were not on the train, are being tried as alleged accomplices.
24-year-old Bilal Chatra, an Algerian member of the Islamic State group, was the second person on the train, but dropped out of the plot a week earlier. He left Syria for Europe just a week before to make his way to the exit.
Mohammad Bakali reportedly gave asylum to the attackers in Budapest, Hungary, which he denies. Both were arrested in Germany in 2016. A third man, Redoune El Amarani Ezerfi, allegedly piloted a boat to help him return to Europe.
Three months later in a massacre of 130 people in Paris, the trial took place on 13 November 2015 at the Bataclan Music Hall and Restaurant and Cafe. According to the prosecution, Abdel Hamid Aboud, the mastermind suspected of those attacks, also worked behind the scenes in the train attack. Prosecutors say Aboud and Al Khazani traveled together from Syria to Belgium and played Holi with Chatra in a Brussels apartment.
French special forces killed Aboud after the Bataclan attack.
Once boarding the train, El Khazani lay in a restroom between cars and stood bare-chested with Kalashnikov. A waiting passenger struggled with the attacker, then a French-American, Mark Magullion, threw Kalashnikov away – before shooting himself with a pistol.
23-year-old American airman Spencer Stone has stated that he was coming out of deep sleep when the gunman appeared. He said that a 22-year-old US National Guardsman, who had recently returned from Afghanistan, said to Alec Scarletos, “Just hit me on the shoulder and say ‘Let’s go.”
The men, all from California and what Scarlatos has said is a “gut instinct” that snapped into action. Stone and Scarletos went on to deal with the gunfire, helped by a third man, 23-year-old Anthony Sadler, then a student. Stone said he knocked Al Khazani unconscious. A British businessman also joined the fray.
Stone, whose hand was injured by the cutter, is also credited with saving Magolion, who was bleeding from his neck. Stone said she “pressed my two fingers into her hole and found what I thought was an artery, pushed down and stopped bleeding.”
The train left for Arras in northern France, where Al Khazani was arrested.
Nicholas Vaux-Montagni reported from Leon, France.