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Witness praise for servicemen who stopped train attack

An eyewitness has praised the actions of US service personnel who thwarted an armed attack on a high-speed train in France.

Speaking to ITV News, an America tourist from Chicago who was on the train during the incident said the men did "what they were trained to do" and ultimately prevented a serious tragedy.

"They carried out what they were trained to do...I think it could have been much worse [without them] because regular civilian people I don't think would have had the wherewithal to try to disarm a man with a machine gun. It could have been much, much worse I think."


Obama praises 'courage' of men who tackled gunman

French police stand by several ammunition clips, thought to be from the gunman Credit: Reuters

President Barack Obama has praised the actions of US servicemen who helped foil an attack on a French train.

In a statement Mr Obama praised the men for their "courage and quick thinking", saying that their actions during the incident "may have prevented a far worse tragedy."

A gunman opened fire on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday afternoon but was quickly overpowered by several men and arrested at Arras station in northern France.

Three people were injured in the attack, including an American national and a Frenchman

Train shooting comes as France on high terror alert

The country has been on high alert since terror attacks in Paris in January

The attack on a high-speed train travelling between Amsterdam and Paris has come at a time when France is on high terror alert.

The attack on the Thalys train, that was foiled when American passengers subdued the gunman, is being investigated by anti-terror police.

Three people have been injured and a suspect, reported to be a 26-year-old Moroccan, has been arrested.

France has been on high alert since Islamist militants killed 17 people in attacks at Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Kosher supermarket in Paris in January.

And in June, President Francois Hollande raised the terror level after a suspected Islamist beheaded his boss and tried to blow up an industrial gas plant in the suburbs of Lyon.

Belgian Prime Minister condemns 'terrorist' attack

The Prime Minister of Belgium, Charles Michel has condemned the "terrorist attack" on the Thalys high-speed train today.

The attack took place while the train was passing through Belgium, according to a statement from the office President Francois Hollande.

I condemn the terrorist attack on the Thalys and am sharing my sympathy for the victims

– Prime Minister of Belgium, Charles Michel

Hollande said he has spoken with Prime Minister Michel and the two leaders pledged to cooperate closely on the investigation.

'No reports' of British injuries in Thalys train shooting

A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has said that there are no reports of British injuries in the Thalys train shooting.

Initial reports from the scene suggested that a British national was among the casualties.

We are aware of reports that shots were fired on a train in France earlier today.

The French authorities have responded. There are no reports that British nationals have been injured.

– Spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonweath Office


Interior minister meets actor wounded in Thalys shooting

Actor Jean-Hugues Anglade sustained minor injuries to his hand by breaking the glass to sound the alarm Credit: Reuters

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he met the French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade who sounded the alarm during the Thalys train shooting.

The actor, who starred in the films Killing Zoe and Betty Blue, was lightly injured when he broke the glass to activate the train's alarm.

"My thoughts are with the wounded and with the passengers who are in a state of shock," Mr Cazeneuve said.

A 26-year-old he man of Moroccan origin was arrested on suspicion of opening fire on passengers before he was subdued by two American passengers, one of whom is in a critical condition.

A source told AFP was carrying several weapons in his luggage, including guns and razor blades, with some reports that he was armed with a Kalashnikov.

French minister urges caution in connecting shooting with militant attack

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in Arras Credit: RTV

France's Interior Minister has urged caution in making connections with the shooting on a Thalys train with any militant attack.

Speaking in Arras, where the high-speed train was diverted after a gunman opened fire, Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed that the anti-terrorism prosecutor is investigating the incident.

He paid tribute to the two American passengers that subdued the gunman and said one of them has been hospitalised with serious wounds.

He said they "were particularly courageous and showed great bravery in very difficult circumstances" and that "without their sangfroid we could have been confronted with a terrible drama."

A second person was also seriously wounded in the attack, while a third is being treated for minor injuries.

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