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Suspect in train attack to speak to French investigators

  • FILE - In this Aug. 22 2015 file photo, members of the police forensics team take part in an investigation next to a Thalys train on the platform at Arras train station, northern France. The main suspect in the case of a high-speed train attack thwarted by three Americans last year in northern France will be questioned by counter-terrorism judges Wednesday Dec. 14, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 22 2015 file photo, members of the police forensics team take part in an investigation next to a Thalys train on the platform at Arras train station, northern France. The main suspect in the case of a high-speed train attack thwarted by three Americans last year in northern France will be questioned by counter-terrorism judges Wednesday Dec. 14, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug.22, 2015 file photo, a member of the police forensics team takes part in an investigation next to a Thalys train on the platform at Arras train station, northern France. The main suspect in the case of a high-speed train attack thwarted by three Americans last year in northern France will be questioned by counter-terrorism judges Wednesday Dec. 14, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

    FILE - In this Aug.22, 2015 file photo, a member of the police forensics team takes part in an investigation next to a Thalys train on the platform at Arras train station, northern France. The main suspect in the case of a high-speed train attack thwarted by three Americans last year in northern France will be questioned by counter-terrorism judges Wednesday Dec. 14, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)  (The Associated Press)

The main suspect in the case of a high-speed train attack thwarted by three Americans last year in northern France has asked to speak to counterterrorism judges in Paris.

His lawyer and the Paris prosecutor's office confirmed that Ayoub El Khazzani will be questioned Wednesday afternoon.

El Khazzani, a 26-year-old Moroccan jailed outside Paris, has so far refused to answer judges' questions. But, for the first time, "he is now ready to talk about everything," lawyer Sarah Mauger-Poliak told The Associated Press before the hearing.

In August 2015, on a Paris-bound Thalys express train, El Khazzani allegedly tried to open fire with an assault rifle but was overpowered by a group of passengers, including three Americans who were then awarded the Legion of Honor, France's highest decoration.