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Passengers overpower gunman on train in France

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 01:30

A man carrying a machine gun opens fire on a high-speed train in France before being overpowered by passengers. Yiming Woo reports.

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French authorities have given medals to these passengers for their role in stopping an attack on a train. Three people were wounded after the gunman started shooting. American soldier Alek Skarlatos says his friend Spencer was injured while struggling with the attacker. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SOLDIER ALEK SKARLATOS SAYING: "Spencer ran a good 10 metres to get to the guy and we didn't know that his gun wasn't working or anything like that, Spencer just ran anyway and if anybody would have gotten shot, it would have been Spencer for sure and we're very lucky that nobody got killed, especially Spencer." Officials say they arrested the gunman after the shooting when the train stopped in northern France. It was travelling from Amsterdam to Paris. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve visits the wounded in hospital and thanked those who helped stop the attack. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH INTERIOR MINISTER, BERNARD CAZENEUVE, SAYING: "Along with the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister I wish to express to these two American passengers who were extremely courageous, who showed great bravery in very difficult circumstances, I wish to express all my gratitude, our gratefulness and admiration for keeping a cool head and without which we might have been confronted with a terrible tragedy." French authorities are investigating and say they don't know what the gunman's motives were. France and the Netherlands are part of the Schengen area, where people can travel without the need for passports and security check-ins.

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Passengers overpower gunman on train in France

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 01:30