Shootout On French Train, Many Injured

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Paris: Three people sustained bullet injury as a gunman on Friday opened fire on a train plying between Amsterdam and Paris, said French rail company SNFC. The shooter was soon overpowered by passengers.

The incident happened on the high-speed Thalys service near Arras, in northern France, and the assailant was arrested at the town’s station.

Two of the victims were seriously injured and at least one suffered gunshot wounds, an SNCF spokesman said. The assailant was also armed with knives, the spokesman added. Reports said French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade was among the victims.

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“The situation is under control, the travellers are safe. The train stopped and the emergency services are on site,” the Thalys official Twitter account tweeted. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was heading to Arras in the wake of the attack, his ministry said.