It’s not every day that someone just so happens to stumble upon a bag o’ weapons in a city park. But that’s exactly what would-be terrorist Ayoub el-Khazzani claims happened prior to his foiled jihadist attack. Either wildly coincidental or just taken beyond absurd, Khazzani’s father is publicly stating that his son is a “good boy” and if the fault belongs anywhere, it lays directly at the feet of certain European nations for failing to find him a job.
As reported by the Breitbart.com news portal on Aug. 24, 2015, and also by the British newspaper the Daily Mail on Aug. 23, 2015, the wannabe terrorist’s father, Mohamed al-Khazzani, his boy is no killer. In fact, young Ayoub is actually a “good boy” who would “never want to kill anyone.”
“My son a terrorist?” Papa Khazzani asked rhetorically despite his son being on the terrorist watch lists of four different nations; Spain, France, Germany, and Belgium. To which he justified his son boarding a train with a small arsenal and squeezing off one round which wounded an American expat living in France, “The only terrorism he is guilty of is terrorism for bread because he hasn’t got enough money to feed himself properly.”
The elder Khazzani, a junk dealer living in the heavily Muslim neighborhood of El Saladillo in the Spanish port city of Algeciras, went on to blame both Spain and France for not finding his son a job, thusly whatever desperate actions he may have made were never his fault to begin with. Claiming that young Ayoub moved to France because he couldn’t find work in Spain, he also stated, “You should ask them [Spain and France] why they’re doing that to young people, selling them empty promises and then dumping them on the street.” Besides El Saladillo being heavily populated by North African Muslims, the area is also known to Spanish anti-terrorist authorities as a “hotbed” of Islamic jihadism.
As reported by Britain’s The Week magazine on Aug. 24, 2015, the younger Khazzani claims he just happen to stumble upon a suitcase in a Belgian city park where he supposedly lives among other homeless. Amazingly enough, that same suitcase just so happen to contain a Soviet-era AK-47 assault rifle, a German 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a razor-edged box cutter-style knife, and nine AK magazines chock full of ammunition. Rifle and pistol ammunition total was roughly 300 rounds.
As reporter John Hayword of Breitbart.com published, “Khazzani didn’t get on the radar screen of international anti-terrorist authorities by tripping over a bag full of guns in Brussels. The Germans gave French authorities a heads-up when Khazzani flew from Berlin to Istanbul in May, ‘following a path that has been used hundreds of times by Islamist militants seeking to join the Islamic State,’ as McClatchy News puts it. ISIS recruits often fly into Turkey and then cross the border to Syria to link up with Islamic State forces.”