Americans who foiled jihadist attack on French train happy to “close five-year chapter”
21 November 2020 | 12:07 pm
"It feels like the closing of a five-year long chapter in our lives," says Alek Skarlatos, one of three Americans who, along with a French-American, Mark Moogalian, helped foil a terror attack on a French high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris in August 2015. The trial of Ayoub El Khazzani, the perpetrator of the failed attack, opened Monday in Paris.
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