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European countries to increase security checks on trains following attack

European ministers have agreed to increase security on key international rail routes and improve intelligence sharing after the thwarted gun attack on a French train.

Three Americans and a British grandfather managed to overpower a suspected Islamist gunman who opened fire on a high-speed train heading to Paris last week.

Moroccan national Ayoub El Khazzani has been charged with attempted murder of a terrorist nature and was remanded in custody after a hearing in the capital.

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Anti-terror police investigating Thalys shooting

French investigating police in protective clothing collect clues inside the Thalys train Credit: Reuters

Investigators from France's special anti-terror police are leading the investigation into the shooting on the Thalys high-speed train, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office said.

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