French Prosecutors Don't Buy Train Gunman's Story

Ayoub El-Khazzani claims he was homeless, but he used first-class ticket
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 26, 2015 6:36 AM CDT
In this Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, image made from a video taken by Anthony Sadler, a gunman lies on floor with legs tied behind his back.   (Anthony Sadler/Youtube via AP)
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(Newser) – French prosecutors apparently aren't buying the story that Ayoub El-Khazzani was just a hungry man who stumbled upon a bag of weapons in a park and planned to rob people for food money. The Paris prosecutor's office confirmed today that the Moroccan suspect in the foiled attack on a high-speed train was hit with terrorism charges overnight. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins has said El-Khazzani, 26, watched a jihadi video on his cellphone moments before the attack and that—although he claimed to be homeless—he used 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. Meanwhile, an American hero is back on US soil. Sacramento State student Anthony Sadler, who helped subdue El-Khazzani, arrived in Sacramento around 7pm last night. While the Sacramento Bee reports that he didn't speak to media, KCRA notes Sadler hasn't entirely avoided the spotlight: He hit the red carpet in Paris on Monday for the Straight Outta Compton premiere. It's unclear when pals Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos will return home. (Part of why Sadler and his friends were in the right place at the right time: bad WiFi.)

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