Gunman opens fire on Amsterdam-Paris train injuring 2 before being subdued by passengers

By David Boddiger

ARRAS, France – A heavily armed man opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, injuring two people before being overpowered by two U.S. passengers.

The motives behind the attack were not immediately known, although French prosecutors said a probe was being launched by counter-terrorism investigators.

France has been on edge since Islamist gunmen went on a rampage in January, killing 17 people in the capital Paris.

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The assailant was arrested after the train pulled into the station in the northern French town of Arras, a spokesman for the French state rail company SNCF told AFP.

According to the initial French investigations, the gunman was known to French intelligence services and was Moroccan or of Moroccan origin and aged 26.

The man was carrying several weapons in his luggage, including guns and razor blades, one source close to the case told AFP, with some reports that he was armed with a Kalashnikov.

“The anti-terrorist section of the prosecutor’s office has taken this case, in agreement with the local prosecutor, in view of the weaponry used, the … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times