Breaking story from the French newspaper “La Voix Du Nord”…
“The suspect is a 26-year-old Moroccan, said Sliman Hamzi, an official with police union Alliance, said on French television i-Tele.”
The officers of the Anti Crime Brigade (BAC) intervened to call off the train to a man suspected of being the author of gunfire in the Thalys. The train had left Amsterdam to Paris. According to our information gathered on the spot, the man of North African origin had fired Kalashnikovs before being overpowered by passengers of American origin.
The prefect of Pas-de-Calais, Fabienne Buccio, is on the scene, where a press conference is being held. The track is considered a terrorist and Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, is expected on site.
According to our information, two soldiers (one American and one British) would have heard the noise in the toilet of the breech of a heavy weapon being loaded. They intervened to subdue the man before he could use the weapon in the train. The two soldiers were injured, one of a gunshot, the other with a knife, according to the prosecutor.
Medical teams SMUR and firefighters took charge three wounded. One of them was evacuated from the station to 18 h 50. The actor Jean-Hugues Anglade, who played in the morning and 37º2 Braquo series, has also been supported by firefighters. He is slightly wounded in the hand by breaking a window to get the alarm.
Scientific and technical police and deminers (bomb disposal technicians) are on site.
Arras has opened a room near the train station to welcome the passengers of Thalys. They were transferred from the second to the first train for identity checks when the train arrived from Arras railway station. Among the passengers, many were in shock. 368 people are welcomed in the Giraudon room. New identity checks will take place. Water and food are to be distributed. Emergency beds will be installed.
The Arras station traffic is interrupted.
More at the Daily Mail – Unarmed US Marines foil ‘terrorist attack’ onboard high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris after they take down Kalashnikov-wielding Moroccan gunman known to intelligence services