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Unarmed U.S. Marines Stop Possible Terror Attack From Machine Gun Weilding Morocan Suspect

August 21, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Unarmed U.S. Marines Stop Possible Terror Attack From Machine Gun Weilding Morocan Suspect

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Two unarmed United States Marines sprang into action and subdued a machine-gun wielding madman who blasted three passengers aboard a high-speed train in northern France, according to published reports.

The 26-year-old suspect, identified as Sliman Hamzi, opened fire with a Kalashnikov in a rear car of the Paris-to-Amsterdam train on Friday, the reports said. Hamzi also allegedly used a knife in the savage attack.

Two of the victims, an American and a Briton, were listed in critical condition, according to French media. The condition of the third victim was unknown.

The two soldiers heard Hamzi loading his weapon in a toilet and prevented him from heading into the main aisle of the train, according to La Voix du Nord newspaper.

After the shooting, police stormed the train and took Hamzi into custody, media reports said.

No motive has been established, but there’s already speculation that terrorism may have played a role.

“A man opened fire on this Thalys train between Amsterdam and Paris,” ministry spokesman Pierre Henry Brandet said on BFM-TV television.

“Talking about a terrorist motive would be premature at the moment.”

France has been on high security alert since Islamist militants killed 17 people in and around Paris in January.

“The man was armed with automatic weapons and knives. He was stopped by passengers,” Christophe Piednoel, a spokesman for French railway SNCF, said on iTele television.

Police union official Slimane Hamzi said the 26-year-old man had said he was of Moroccan origin.

Thalys is partly owned by SNCF and Belgian railways.

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