France attack train staff 'did their best', to get extra training: probe

18th September 2015, Comments 0 comments

Staff on the French train involved in a foiled attack by a heavily armed gunman "had the best reaction possible in an unprecedented situation", an internal report released Friday said, despite criticism they had locked themselves away.

The investigation concluded that staff on Thalys trains, a branch of France's state-run operator SNCF, will receive extra training in dealing with "situations of extreme crisis and danger".

Some passengers on the Amsterdam to Paris train complained that when staff heard shots fired, most did nothing to assist passengers but instead locked themselves in the engine car.

The gunman was overpowered by two off-duty US servicemen and their friend, whom investigators believe prevented carnage in the incident on August 21.

© 2015 AFP

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