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Unarmed U.S. Marines Subdue Gunman, Prevent Massacre On-Board Paris-Bound Train

A man armed with an AK-47 opened fire on-board a high-speed train traveling between Amsterdam and Paris, wounding three people. However, further bloodshed was prevented when two U.S. Marines who were also on-board the train subdued the gunman, according to The Daily Mail.

*Update: While a CBS News has confirmed that the gunman was subdued by two Americans, it has been unable to confirm the two Americans were U.S. Marines. *

The suspect was a 26-year-old Moroccan national who was reportedly known to intelligence services. Aside from his rifle, he was allegedly carrying a knife as well as almost 200 rounds.

Among the three wounded was French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade. The other two victims were reportedly an American and a Briton who were trying to subdue the suspect.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve praised the actions of the Americans involved, saything they “were particularly courageous and showed great bravery in very difficult circumstances” and that “without their sangfroid we could have been confronted with a terrible drama.”

(Source: The Daily Mail, Business Insider)

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