Brother of Marseille attacker charged in France

French police rush to the Saint-Charles main train station in Marseille, southern France, as a suspected Islamist knifeman killed at least two people before being shot and killed by soldiers patrolling there.
French police rush to the Saint-Charles main train station in Marseille, southern France, as a suspected Islamist knifeman killed at least two people before being shot and killed by soldiers patrolling there.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - The brother of a Tunisian man who stabbed two young women to death on the steps of Marseille's main train station was charged with terror offences on Friday (Nov 3), judicial sources said.

Anis Hachani, whom French investigators allege is a former jihadist fighter in Iraq and Syria, was extradited from Italy on Thursday (Nov 2).

According to Italian anti-terrorism chief Lamberto Giannini, French investigators are looking into whether Anis "indoctrinated... Ahmed and caused his radicalisation".

He was arrested in the northern Italian town of Ferrara six days after Ahmed Hanachi, a 29-year-old Tunisian, fatally stabbed the two women outside Marseille's main rail station on Oct 1 before being shot dead by police.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility, but French investigators have found no evidence linking the attack to the jihadists.

Anis was charged Friday with "association with criminal terrorists seeking to commit crimes" and detained, judicial sources said.

Ahmed was known to police for drug and alcohol problems with a history of petty crime. He was not on a jihadist watch list.

Two days before the attack, he was arrested for shoplifting in the eastern city of Lyon but was allowed to walk free the following day.

The French government's inspectorate general (IGA) said that decision revealed "serious faults" in the system for dealing with foreigners whose papers are not in order.