The Express reported that “a Spanish anti-terrorist official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, revealed El Khazzani had lived in Spain until last year, moved to France then traveled to Syria where he is believed to have trained with ISIS before returning to France.” And he viewed a jihad video shortly before the attack.
So while everyone knows that it’s inconceivable that a Muslim would carry out a terror attack, since they “respect people” and all that, there is good reason to doubt what El Khazzani’s brother says here.
“Suspect no terrorist, kin say,” The Associated Press, August 27, 2015:
PARIS — The Moroccan suspect in a foiled attack on a high-speed train in France is facing terrorism charges over what authorities say was a plan to unleash carnage among hundreds of passengers — but his family defended him Wednesday, saying he was in a desperate situation.
The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed Wednesday that Ayoub El-Khazzani was charged overnight. El-Khazzani, 26, was overpowered by at least five passengers, including three Americans and a Briton, after trying to attack the train with a small arsenal. Mark Moogalian, a French-American who tried to seize an assault rifle from him, is hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
El-Khazzani has denied having terrorism plans, saying he stumbled on a bag of weapons and decided to use them to rob passengers.
His older brother, Imran, reached by French radio network RMC, also said the younger man had no links with terrorism.
“I swear to you before God that my brother has nothing to do with a terrorist. We are Muslims. We respect people,” the brother said. “He could have gone crazy. His life was without a doubt difficult. He didn’t have much money.”
His father, Mohamed, said Ayoub’s job in France ended after about a month and a half and he believed his son acted out of a need for money.
“If he had nothing to eat, he doubtless wanted to commit a theft,” his father told BFM television network.
But Paris prosecutor Francois Molins has said Ayoub El-Khazzani watched a jihadist video on his cellphone moments before the attack and that — although he claimed to be homeless — he bought a first-class ticket. Molins said the suspect’s explanations became increasingly incoherent until he stopped speaking altogether to investigators.
Among the terrorism charges he faces are multiple counts of attempted murder, possession of weapons, and conspiracy….