Train attacker’s family in Spain taken in for questioning

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POLICE in Algeciras swooped on the home of the parents of the train attacker Ayoub El-Khazzani at the request of French investigators and took his parents Mohammed and Zahara as well as his sister away for questioning on Tuesday (September 1), removing a number of boxes at the same time.

The investigators, accompanied by two vans full of police, spent several hours at the apartment situated in Calle Federico García Lorca.

Khazzani, 26, has been detained in France ever since the August 21 attack, which saw him burst into a carriage of the Amsterdam to Paris high-speed train and open fire, injuring five people before being overpowered by passengers.

The Paris prosecutor last week dismissed Khazzani’s claim that he had planned a robbery, and opened an investigation into “attempted murder with terrorist intent.”

He lived in the same house with his parents in Algeciras until he left for France in 2014. It is assumed that he had travelled freely to France as no-one had alerted the authorities there that he was a possible risk. Spanish authorities also believe that he had travelled to Syria.

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