A sixth man who was involved in foiling last week’s attack on a Thalys high-speed train in Belgium has been identified as a French national who lives in Amsterdam.
The man, named only as Damien, is said by the AD to work at BNP Paribas as a ‘financial risk manager’ in the Dutch capital. He too has been given the Légion d’Honneur by the French state but wishes to keep his full identity secret, the paper says.
The Parool says Damien was the first of six people involved in tackling terrorist suspect Ayoub El-Khazzani. However, the Moroccan national was able to break free and made off, before being tackled again by several US tourists.
The French public prosecution department said on Wednesday the attempted attack on the train, travelling from Amsterdam to Paris, was premeditated and well-prepared.
Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, was carrying 270 bullets for his assault rifle and a bottle of petrol, prosecutor Francois Molins is quoted as saying by news agency AFP.
His phone also showed that he had watched a jihadist video shortly before launching the attack.
Khazzani has now been formally accused of carrying out a ‘targeted and premeditated’ jihadist attack.
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