An attack by an Islamist on a train from Belgium to Paris was foiled as two off duty U.S. Marines subdued the gunman. France's Minister of the Interior hailed their heroism:
Thanks to them we have averted a drama. (The Americans were) particularly courageous and showed extreme bravery in extremely difficult circumstances.This isn't' the first time that Americans have aided the French. It won't be the last!
UPDATE: Full Story
|U.S. Airman Spencer Stone suffered multiple knife injuries after tackling gunman.|
Despite his injuries he administered first aid to a severely wounded passenger saving his life.
|Seized from the gunman: enough ammo for a trainload of death!|
From the U.K. Independent:A US soldier has spoken of the moment he and a childhood friend prevented a gunman from opening fire on a passenger train from Amsterdam to northern France.While Americans were saving countless lives, the train's crew were barricaded in a staff room. One Frenchman was injured trying to activate the carriages emergency alarm.
Alek Skarlatos, on holiday in Europe with fellow serviceman Spencer Stone and student Anthony Sadler, said he and his companions heard a gunshot and breaking glass while on their Thalys train at around 3.45pm on Friday.
“I saw a guy entering the carriage with an AK and a handgun, at that point I ducked down and my friend Spencer, next to me, ducked down and I just looked over at Spencer and said: ‘Let’s go’,” Mr Skalatos told Sky News from his hotel room in Arras, northern France.
The 22-year-old National Guardsman from Rosenburg, Oregan, and Mr Stone charged the unidentified 26-year-old man, believed to be of Moroccan origin, down the narrow carriage.
"Then I grabbed the AK (assault rifle), which was at his feet, and started muzzle thumping him in the head with it," Mr Skarlatos added.
Mr Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University, told The Associated Press of his friends' exploits: "Spencer makes first contact, he tackles the guy, Alek wrestles the gun away from him, and the gunman pulls out a boxcutter and slices Spencer a few times.
“And the three of us beat him until he was unconscious.
UPDATE: Terrorist fought for ISIS in Syria. For people who want to believe that ISIS is just a regional problem, this attack is more proof to the contrary. Will Obama admit this was an act of Islamic terrorism?