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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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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.

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