French pas­sen­ger 1st to tackle train at­tacker: min­is­ter

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.”

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