French Train Attack Suspect Viewed Jihadist Video, Official Says

August 25, 2015 5:42 PM

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PARIS — In the moments before he loaded his gun to shoot up a train full of passengers, the suspect in Friday’s failed attack on the Amsterdam-Paris express, Ayoub El Khazzani, watched a YouTube video exhorting the faithful to commit violent acts in the name of radical Islam, the chief Paris prosecutor said Tuesday.

Announcing a formal investigation for attempted terrorist murder, the prosecutor, François Molins, outlined the trajectory of a young radical, making clear that his intent was maximum carnage in the name of extremism.

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