French prosecutors have confirmed that 29-year-old Ahmed Hanachi, who killed the two young cousins (below) at a train station in Marseille last Sunday, had avoided deportation after authorities failed to detain him the day before the attack. He slit one of the women’s throats and fatally stabbed the other in the abdomen…for no apparent reason.
Breitbart The victims of the attack, who died after being stabbed whilst waiting for a train at Saint Charles station on Sunday, have also been named as cousins 21-year-old Laura Paumier (right) and 20-year-old Mauranne Harel (left) by French media.
Hanachi, whose identity was confirmed by Tunisian authorities as one of their nationals Monday evening, was shot dead by French soldiers on anti-terrorism duties as part of Operation Sentinel after he launched the attack.
Furthermore, the Paris prosecutor’s office has confirmed the Tunisian illegal had been arrested around a dozen times since his illegal entry into the country and operated under seven different identities.
Witnesses reported the terrorist to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is greater” in Arabic) whilst slitting one girl’s throat and then stabbing the other with a knife. Islamic State’s news agency Aamaq claimed the attack shortly after.
French authorities confirmed that difficulties in identifying the attacker arose from the multiple fake identities Hanachi was using. Paris prosecutor François Molins told media that police were eventually able to match his fingerprints to seven separate records in their database.
Molins confirmed Hanachi was known for criminal acts in his home country and across North Africa and had been arrested a dozen times between 2005 and 2014 by French police in the areas of Marseille, Toulon, and Lyon, according to France 2.