Saturday, August 22, 2015

Islamist Gunman on Train Subdued by 2 Marines; Moroccan Terrorist Wounded 2 on French Train

A heavily armed man opened fire in a terrorist attack on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris yesterday, wounding at least two people before being overpowered by two off-duty U.S. Marines, the Times of Israel website reports today (August 22, 2015).

The two U.S. Marines -- in civilian clothing -- overpowered the suspected Islamic State-linked gunman who was loading his Kalashnikov assault rifle, and fired on the Marines with a handgun.

One of the people injured in the attack was a U.S. military member, the Pentagon confirmed yesterday, amid reports that the Marines had overpowered the shooter and stopped the massacre.

The suspect -- who was arrested at a railway station in the northern French town of Arras -- was a 26-year-old of Moroccan origin who was known to the intelligence services, French investigators said. According to the French media, the suspect was linked to several radical Islamist groups and was marked as "potentially dangerous."

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