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'Train terror attack': Praise for passengers who tackled gunman

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By Euronews
'Train terror attack': Praise for passengers who tackled gunman

<p>Presidents and prime ministers have praised passengers who disarmed a suspected Islamist gunman apparently poised to commit mass murder on a busy train in France.</p> <p>A Briton and three Americans, two of them soldiers, have been hailed as heroes. </p> <p>Spencer Stone, of the US air force, was injured when the attacker also produced a knife.</p> <p>The other US serviceman, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, said:</p> <p>“I saw a guy entering the train with an AK (47) and a handgun and I just looked over at Spencer and said: ‘Let’s go, go!’ And he jumped up and I followed behind him by about three seconds. </p> <p>“Spencer got to the guy first, grabbed the guy by the neck and I grabbed the handgun. </p> <p>“I got the handgun away from the guy and threw it, and then I grabbed the AK (47) which was at his feet.”</p> <p>The Kalashnikov-toting attacker was removed from the Amsterdam to Paris train at Arras in northern France, as was an arsenal of weapons.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">US servicemen hailed as heroes for stopping French train gunman <a href="http://t.co/tbgdID1IFt">http://t.co/tbgdID1IFt</a> <a href="http://t.co/HaZeJNYlGK">pic.twitter.com/HaZeJNYlGK</a></p>— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) <a href="https://twitter.com/Telegraph/status/635069937619353602">22 Août 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>He is now being questioned by anti-terrorist police in the Paris region.</p> <p>French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: “If the identity he has declared is confirmed, he is a 26-year-old man of Moroccan nationality identified by the Spanish authorities to French intelligence services in February 2014 because of his involvement with the radical Islamist movement,”</p> <p>The minister did not confirm Spanish press reports that the suspect had travelled to Syria.</p> <p>A passenger was hit by a bullet. Others suffered shock.</p> <p>But thanks to courage hailed by world leaders, all those on board Friday’s early evening train escaped with their lives.</p> <p>There were warm words from Washington.</p> <p>“The President expressed his profound gratitude for the courage and quick thinking of several passengers, including US service members, who selflessly subdued the attacker,” the White House said in a statement. </p> <p>“It is clear that their heroic actions may have prevented a far worse tragedy.”</p> <p>President Francois Hollande and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron were among other leaders adding their praise.</p> <p>President Hollande’s office said he would receive the passengers who subdued the gunman in the coming days.</p>