Three Americans Called Heroes After Overseas Train Attack

Members of a police forensics team take part in an investigation next to a Thalys train on the platform at Arras train station, northern France, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. A gunman prepared to open fire with an automatic weapon on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris Friday, wounding several people before being subdued by passengers, officials said. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

PARIS (AP) – French President Francois Hollande will meet with several American and French citizens who helped subdue a gunman on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris.

Hollande’s office said in a statement Saturday that he would meet with them at the presidential palace in the coming days to “express France’s gratitude.”

Three Americans, a British passenger and a French passenger were involved in the action to wrestle the man to the ground and disarm him after he fired a weapon on the train, according to accounts from three of them and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

Two people were wounded in the incident Friday night – an American Air Force serviceman who was stabbed while intervening, and a French-American dual national who was hit by chance by gunfire, according to the interior minister.

The injured American, Spencer Stone, has been transferred to a larger hospital in northern France. The Pentagon has said his injuries are not life-threatening.


ARRAS, France (AP) – A Spanish official says the suspect in a shooting incident on an Amsterdam-Paris train had travelled to Syria.

The official, linked to Spain’s anti-terrorism unit, said the individual lived in Spain until 2014, then moved to France, travelled to Syria, and then returned to France. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be identified by name.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that the suspect may be a 26-year-old Moroccan flagged by Spanish authorities last year for links to Islamic radical movements.

However, Cazeneuve, speaking to reporters in Paris on Saturday, said the suspect’s identity has not been 100 percent confirmed.

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8/22/2015 9:08:24 AM (GMT -4:00)

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