A Moroccan MUSLIM gunman, who opened fire with an assault rifle onboard a high-speed train was taken down by a group of US Marines who were traveling on the service. The Muslim terrorist, known by French intelligence services, is understood to have been overheard loading the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle in the toilet by the un-armed Marines.
UPDATE (h/t Jeanne) A US Marine is in critical condition after tackling a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman on a train between Amsterdam and Paris, according to French media reports. The serviceman, who has not been named, was one of two Americans on leave – possibly embassy guards – who tackled the 26-year-old Moroccan national to the ground after hearing him load up a gun in the toilet.
In the scuffle, one of the Marines was shot and is now in a critical condition, France Info reports. He was airlifted to CHR hospital in Lille, France. The other Marine was stabbed, and has been taken to the central hospital of Arras with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Addressing reporters at the station in Arras, northern France, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve praised their bravery. ‘I would like to express our gratitude to and admiration for these two American passengers,’ said Cazeneuve.
‘Thanks to the calm composure of the two American passengers, we have avoided a tragedy. Without them we would have faced a terrible drama.’ ‘They were particularly courageous and showed extreme bravery in extremely difficult circumstances.’
This Daily Mail article does not confirm that the gunman is a Muslim, but breaking reports on radio do. If you enlarge the below photo of the gunman here: Daily Mail, he looks like a Muslim of Moroccan origin.
Daily Mail (h/t Susan K) Three people were injured when the MUSLIM opened fire, but he was soon forced to the ground and detained. The MUSLIM man was arrested by police near the town of Arras in northern France.
Train company Thalys confirmed the incident happened. A spokesman said: ‘The situation is under control, the travellers are safe. The train stopped and the emergency services are on site.’