A GUNMAN accused of attempting to slaughter innocent travellers before he was overpowered by US servicemen was out to kill Americans, it has been claimed.
Ayoub El Khazzani pulled out a Kalashnikov on the high-speed Amsterdam to Paris train in August 2015 and an insider said he did not want to "kill just anyone".
The lawyer of the suspected jihadist allegedly told sources close to the investigation her client had a "precise, well-defined target".
Sarah Mauger-Poliak is said to have told investigators: "It was no accident that he boarded the first-class part of the train."
But it is also said suspected ISIS jihadi Khazzani told the lawyer he had not intended to "carry out a massacre and kill just anyone".
Instead, he is accused of going after people from the US.
Khazzani, who has been linked to a Paris terror cell, shot and seriously injured a passenger before he was overpowered by two off-duty US servicemen and their friend.
Investigators believe their actions almost certainly prevented carnage in the train.
The alleged wannabe terrorist has changed his story if reports are accurate.
Earlier the suspect told investigators he had only wanted to carry out a robbery, using a Kalashnikov rifle he claimed he found in a park where he was sleeping rough.
The gunman travelled with Abdelhamid Abaaoud, from Syria through Turkey and into Europe.
Abaaoud played a leading role in the Paris attacks in which 130 people were killed a few months later.
Hungarian authorities say they have records of the pair entering Hungary on August 1 before heading for Austria as they moved through Europe.
El Khazzani is due to be questioned again on December 20.
He is in custody in France.