brussels - The perpetrator of the thwarted attack on the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris in 2015 had been known to the Belgian intelligence services since 2012. This appears from the annual report of the regulator, reports Belgian media on Saturday.
The 25-year-old Moroccan Ayoub el-Khazzani boarded the train from Amsterdam on August 21, 2015, heavily armed at Brussels South Station, and hid in the toilet. Just beyond the French border he came out with the weapons, but he was immediately overpowered by three alert American passengers and then handed over to the French police.
The Spanish intelligence services informed their Belgian colleagues years ago about El-Khazzani and his brother Imran because they were concerned about their radicalization. However, according to the supervisory committee, the intelligence services gave no urgency to the file.
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