A gunman opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, wounding two people before three American and a British passenger subdued him, according to reports.
A gunman opened fire on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, wounding two people before three American and a British passenger subdued him, according to reports. Arras City Hall via AP

French train heroes tell about beating up terrorist

ALEK Skarlatos must have thought the danger from Kalashnikov-wielding gunmen was behind him.

The young National Guard reservist wrapped up a tour of duty to Afghanistan in June and was in Europe to decompress for a month with friends, according to relatives.

He had spent 10 days in Germany before meeting up in Amsterdam with Spencer Stone, a friend from their shared childhood in California, earlier this week and boarding the train to France on Friday.

It was Mr Skarlatos who led his friends into action with a yell of "Get him" as he saw a gunman emerging from the train lavatory.

"I just got back from Afghanistan last month, and this was my vacation from Afghanistan," said the 22-year-old in a matter-of-fact way after helping thwart an apparent terror attack.

Read more at the NZ Herald


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