Stowaway pair cause Brussels-Paris train delay

3rd October 2015, Comments 0 comments

A Thalys train headed for Paris from Brussels was delayed an hour Saturday after two stowaways locked themselves in a toilet, a train spokesman told AFP.

The incident came six weeks after a suspected jihadist opened fire on a Thalys train bound for Paris from Amsterdam, injuring two people.

On that occasion on August 21, several passengers including off-duty American servicemen overpowered the gunman.

The spokesman for the French SNCF network said the pair discovered Saturday, described as "two migrants without tickets or papers", hid in a baby changing room.

He said the train was diverted to the northern French city of Arras some 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Paris from where "it left fairly quickly" after police arrested the two.

Last month, another incident saw Dutch police evacuate part of Rotterdam station after a man locked himself in the toilets of an Amsterdam-to-Paris Thalys, forcing train services to be suspended for several hours before he was arrested.

© 2015 AFP

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