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Shooting on a High Speed Train


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A young man, possibly Moroccan, rampaged firing indiscriminately a Kalashnikov and knifing passengers on a Amsterdam to Paris high speed train.

Two train passengers, in the aisle of a carriage, were faced with an armed maniac on the Thalys train as it crossed the Belgium border into northern France.

The commotion woke up three off duty US soldiers and a UK born citizen. They charged at and overpowered the assailant.

French President François Hollande presented the ‘Legion of Honour‘ to the four brave men at a ceremony in Paris on 24th August 2015.


commotion: a noisy disturbance.
commotion in other languages

Read by John Edwin Skelton.