SUSPECT IDENTIFIED French official says gunman linked to militants

French President Francois Hollande is to thank the Americans and the Briton in person at the Elysee Palace on Monday.


“Airman Stone and Specialist Alex Skarlatos are two reasons why – on duty and off – ours is the finest fighting force the world has ever known”, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement.

According to Cruickshank, there is growing concern that ISIS operatives are using Turkey as a base to redirect European extremists trying to travel to Syria to launch attacks back home.

Skarlatos heard gunfire and breaking glass, and sensed something was wrong. CCTV’s Jack Barton filed this report on the suspect and those who interrupted his deadly rampage.

“But, of course, I’m very proud of him and the other two boys”, Tony Sadler said.

“He might even meet the president of France before he leaves, so I’m still wrapping my head around that”. “He inspires me”.

Sadler, 23, is now a senior at Sacramento State, majoring in kinesiology.

French investigators are interrogating a man who opened fire on passengers on a train between Amsterdam and Paris before being overpowered by three young Americans. “And the three of us beat him until he was unconscious”. After the man was taken down, Skarlatos searched for other suspects while Norman helped tie up the attacker.

Norman and Sadler tied up the suspect.

The suspect entered the train auto carrying an AK-47 and a handgun, according to Alex Skarlatos, the service member who was interviewed.

He “came running into our auto, yelling that the shooter was overpowered by American soldiers on leave, that everything was fine”, Anglade told French magazine Paris Match.

It’ll be hard to top his first trip to Europe and his final year in college. Alek got up and Spencer got up and they looked at what was happening and Alek said to Spencer “go get him”.

The attacker, Norman said, “put up quite a bit of a fight”. “I ducked down in my seat”.

Sadler said the three men were quickly able to subdue the suspect.

“It could have been a real carnage and there’s no question about that”, he said. He had been kept under surveillance by the Spanish police during his time in Algeciras because of past criminal activities linked to drug trafficking, the Spanish official said. He says he was stunned and then relieved his 23-year-old son was not injured or killed. “Maybe they needed some help”.

The passenger threw himself on the man. The gun went off, once, twice, several times.

‘He cut Spencer behind the neck, he almost cut his thumb off too. He was released from hospital Saturday after successful surgery on his hand. Then, he immediately turned to help a passenger who was injured and bleeding out.

Spencer’s friends said they’ve talked to him.

“A man’s throat had been slit”, Sadler said.

In addition to the four men, a French national is also credited with helping avert a massacre. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about a case in progress and asked not to be identified by name.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the Americans “were particularly courageous and showed great bravery in very hard circumstances”, and that “without their sangfroid we could have been confronted with a awful drama”.

A Franco-American passenger then tried to stop him again but was shot and wounded.

Cazeneuve joined Obama in applauding the passengers for their rapid action.

The passengers subdued the attacker, eventually pinning him on the ground until authorities arrived.

What the trio did next saved the lives of many passengers and on Saturday some of them spoke out about what happened. The suspect boarded the train in Belgium, Thalys said.


Cazeneuve did not give a name, but the source named him as Ayoub el Khazzani and said he was believed to have flown from Berlin to Istanbul on May 10 this year.

Ayoub elKhazzani 26 had been allowed to move freely around Europe despite being known to at least four intelligence agencies