Foiled France Train Attack Highlights Europe’s Very Modern Terror Problem

Foiled France Train Attack Highlights Europe’s Very Modern Terror Problem

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Terror Attack in Europe
Belgian police officers stand guard on a platform at the Thalys high-speed train terminal at Brussels Midi/Zuid rail station, August 22, 2015. A machine gun-toting attacker wounded three people on a high-speed train last France before being overpowered by passengers.Francois Lenoir/Reuters

In the aftermath of the attempted terror attack on a train bound for Paris last Friday, analysts have raised questions over what Europe can do, if anything, to protect itself from the increasingly unpredictable nature of such threats.

On Sunday, French police confirmed the gunman to be Ayoub el-Khazani, a 25-year-old Moroccan man, who boarded a high-speed international Thalys train in Brussels armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Luger automatic pistol, ammunition and a box-cutter. He was only prevented from unleashing carnage after three off-duty U.S. servicemen and a Briton wrestled him to the ground and managed to subdue him. They have now been awarded the Legion d’Honneur—France’s highest honour—for their bravery.

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