PARIS (AP) – An Islamic State operative conducted a trial in Paris on Monday with a weapon of bare-whacked weapons in a train and shot and injured a passenger. He was brought into an electrified capture by three American vacationers, which Clint Eastwood turned into a Hollywood thriller.
The scene of the fast train from Amsterdam to Paris five years ago is the focus of a month-long trial of Ayub el Khazani, who is expected to testify from two American soldiers and his friend, who are portrayed as heroes.
His lawyer, Thibault de Montréal, said in the courtyard on Monday that his “very brave intervention” had “slaughtered” him.
“More than 300 people may have died in this terrorist attack, which was based on the number of ammunition found on the terrorist and his bag,” he said.
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. Eastwood did a drama on August 21, 2015 in car number 12, “The 15:17 to Paris.”
Authorities say El Khazani, 31, Morocco, spent several months in Syria and boarded the train in Brussels. He is charged with attempted terrorist assassination for a failed attack. 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 also 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 pave the way for an exit.
Mohammad Bakali is reportedly taken to Europe-bound bombers 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.
The trial took place three months later as a bridge to the massacre of 130 people in Paris on 13 November 2015 at the Bataclan Music Hall and Restaurant and Cafe. According to the prosecution, Abdul Hamid Aboud was the main mastermind of those attacks in a planned train attack in Syria.
Abhayud traveled from Syria to Belgium with Al Khazani to conduct the attack in Europe, and according to the prosecution, he and Chatra were treated holy in the Brussels apartment. A few days after the Bataclan attack, Aboud was killed by French special forces. But before her death, her macabre organizational skills were at work in a failed plan to attack a church south of Paris in April 2015, leaving a young woman dead. Sid Ahmed Ghulam was convicted earlier this month and sentenced to life in prison.
According to investigators, Al Khazani was armed with a Kalashnikov, with nine rounds with 30 rounds, an automatic pistol and a cutter.
Once on the train, he lay in a restroom between cars and emerged bare-chested with Kalashnikov. A waiting passenger was struggling with the attacker, then a French-American, Mark Magullion, threw Kalashnikov away – before being shot himself by a pistol as he headed to car number 12 to warn his wife. was doing. Magolion later said in the interview that the attacker recovered Kalashnikov.
23-year-old American airman Spencer Stone has stated that he was coming out of deep sleep when the gunman appeared. He said that 22-year-old US National Guardman, who had just returned from Afghanistan, said Alien Scarletos, “just hit me on the shoulder and say ‘let’s go.”
Everyone, from California, skipped out of what Scarlatos had said in the days of a news conference, “gut instinct.” Stoneman and Scarletos leave to tackle the gunman and take his gun. A third person, Anthony Sadler, 23, then a student, helped subdue the attacker. Stone said he knocked Al Khazani unconscious. A British businessman then came into the fray.
Stone, whose hand was injured by the cutter, is credited with saving the French-American teacher, who was bleeding on 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.