French train shooting: What we know so far

Here is a summary of what we know so far about the suspected terror attack on a French train:

What happened?

  • A gunman opened fire on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris at 4pm local time on Friday.

  • He was arrested at Arras Station in northern France after being overpowered by passengers including three Americans, two of whom are in the US military and a 62-year-old British businessman.

Anthony Sadler (r) Alek Skarlatos (c) and Chris Norman (r) were given bravery medals after helping overpower the gunman. Credit: Reuters

Who was wounded?

What do we know about the suspect?

  • The suspect is believed to be a 26-year-old of Moroccan origin who was reportedly under French police surveillance after foreign security services identified him as dangerous

  • He was carrying a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a handgun and a knife

  • A picture posted on Twitter showed a man being arrested on a platform

Is it a terrorist attack?

  • Anti-terror police have launched an investigation into the attack but government officials said it was "premature" to talk about a terrorist motive

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