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Alleged Train Attacker ID'd, Probed for Terrorist Links



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    In this Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, image composition made from a video taken by Anthony Sadler, a gunman lies on floor with legs tied behind his back after an incident on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. The man who boarded the train with a rifle before being tackled by passengers was on the radar of authorities in multiple countries and had ties to radical Islam, authorities said.

    Authorities were investigating on Sunday whether the heavily-armed alleged gunman thwarted in the midst of an apparent terror attack on a Amsterdam-Paris train was acting alone, or whether "a wider framework" was involved.

    Belgium's chief prosecutor Eric Van Sypt told NBC News that the attacker was 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El Khazzani, who had lived in Europe for several years and recently spent time in Brussels.

    Van Sypt said it was not yet known if El Khazzani had an accomplice or was acting alone, and authorities in Belgium were probing "if there is possibly a wider framework involved."

    French Interior Minister Brenard Cazeneuve said Saturday that Spanish authorities had flagged a 26-year-old Moroccan in February 2014 because of his links to radical Islam.