Ministers call for more patrols, named tickets on European trains

29th August 2015, Comments 0 comments

European ministers on Saturday called for more multinational patrols on major continental rail journeys as well as tickets marked with passengers' names, in the wake of last week's foiled jihadist attack on an Amsterdam-Paris train.

Ministers meeting in Paris also called for increased checks on passengers and baggage at major train stations and for the EU Commission to tighten gun laws, they said in a joint statement read by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

"It is indispensable to put in place coordinated and simultaneous checks on certain targeted routes," said Cazeneuve, adding that countries are working to improve information-sharing on suspected jihadists.

The ministers have called on the EU Commission to tighten its gun laws by the end of the year "to reinforce traceability... and fight trafficking (of arms) on the Internet".

Cazeneuve said multinational patrols already existed in major stations, but that ministers had agreed to increase their "efficiency and use them more".

The ministers from Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland met in the wake of the foiled attack on the Paris-bound train on August 21.

French prosecutors have charged Ayoub El Khazzani, a 25-year-old Moroccan, after he stepped out of a toilet cubicle with an assault rifle, 270 rounds of ammunition and a Luger pistol strapped to his chest. He was tackled to the ground by passengers.

© 2015 AFP

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