On Friday afternoon a Muslim terrorists opened fire inside a crowded train on its way from Belgium to France. The situation could have become just the latest horrific tragedy in a world where Islamic terrorists seem bent on creating havoc wherever they go… except that this terrorist didn’t account for a few brave Americans headed to Paris on leave.
The Muslim gunman, 26-year old Moroccan Sliman Hamzi, opened fire on the train wounding at least three people while being subdued by three brave Americans. (Two of them are U.S. Servicemembers and the third was a civilian.)
The train was speeding through Belgium when the man emerged from the train bathroom, shirtless with a rifle — possibly an AK 47 — slung over his shoulder, the Americans said.
The three men — a member of the Air Force, an inactive National Guard member and a civilian — responded quickly, possibly preventing a deadly attack on the high-speed Thalys train…
A second security source told CNN the gunman was known by French intelligence. The official said it appeared the gunman was sympathetic to ISIS, but a full determination on his specific loyalties had yet to be reached.
The man had plenty of ammunition, the first official said, and the Americans prevented a massacre…
A White House official said Friday night: “Echoing the statements of French authorities, the President expressed his profound gratitude for the courage and quick thinking of several passengers, including U.S. service members, who selflessly subdued the attacker.
“While the investigation into the attack is in its early stages, it is clear that their heroic actions may have prevented a far worse tragedy. We will remain in close contact with French authorities as the investigation proceeds.”
We applaud the actions of these brave American men. Thank you, Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler for your selfless act which likely saved countless lives. Because of these heroes instead of discussing another horrible atrocity committed by the vile hands of an Islamic jihadist we get to talk about the courage and honor of three American heroes. Well done.
Here are two of the earlier reports which had some spotty information:
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