French passenger 1st to tackle train attacker: minister
A French passenger was the first to tackle the gunman who opened fire on a train between Amsterdam and Paris, French Home Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Saturday.
The passenger “who wanted to access the toilets in carriage 12, came across an individual with a Kalashnikov over his shoulder,” Cazeneuve told reporters.
He “courageously tried to tackle him before the attacker fired several shots,” he added.
The gunman was then tackled by two American off-duty serviceman, who “immobilized him on the floor and removed his weapon,” and subdued by a British national living in France.
Cazeneuve confirmed that one of the Americans was injured by a box-cutter during the fight, and that another Franco- American passenger was shot in their seat. Both have been hospitalized.
“Happily, neither is in critical condition,” the minister said.
Cazeneuve praised the French and American passengers for their “courageous behavior, full of bravery.”