34 minutes ago August 21
- From the section Europe
Three people have been hurt after a heavily armed man opened fire on a train in northern France, before being overpowered by two American passengers.
The incident happened on the high-speed Thalys service near Arras, and the attacker was arrested at Arras station.
The interior minister praised the Americans, one of whom was seriously injured, as was another passenger.
The man arrested was a 26-year-old Moroccan. Anti-terrorist officers have taken over the case.
The weapons were said to include a Kalashnikov, a knife, an automatic pistol and cartridges.
One of the two people seriously hurt had a gunshot wound, the other a knife wound.
French media said the arrested man was known to the intelligence services. The suspect has so far refused to talk to police in Arras.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said the incident was a “terrorist attack”.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve travelled to Arras in the wake of the attack.
He said: “As always where an act that could be terrorist in nature is involved, the greatest care and the greatest precision will be used.”
He praised the Americans who overpowered the suspect.
Mr Cazeneuve said they were “particularly courageous and showed great bravery in very difficult circumstances”, adding: “Without their composure we could have been confronted with a terrible incident.”
French media said the passengers who overpowered the suspect were US Marines who had heard the man loading a weapon in a toilet cubicle and confronted him when he came out.
Update on the story.