UK's Cameron hails group who overpowered train gunman

22nd August 2015, Comments 0 comments

Prime Minister David Cameron praised the "extraordinary courage" of passengers including a Briton who overpowered a gunman armed with a Kalashnikov on a train between Amsterdam and Paris.

Chris Norman, a 62-year-old consultant living in France, helped a group including two off-duty US military personnel bring the gunman under control during Friday's incident on a train carrying 554 passengers.

A spokesman for Cameron's Downing Street office said: "The prime minister praised the extraordinary courage of the passengers who intervened and helped disarm the gunman, including the British consultant Chris Norman.

"The bravery of Mr Norman and the other passengers helped to prevent a terrible incident."

The gunman is suspected of being a member of the "radical Islamist movement", French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Saturday.

He is thought to be a 26-year-old Moroccan who was flagged by the Spanish authorities to French intelligence and was armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, an automatic pistol, nine cartridge clips and a box-cutter.

Alek Skarlatos, a 22-year-old member of the National Guard in Oregon who was on the train, told reporters: "I looked back and saw a guy enter with a Kalashnikov. My friends and I got down and then I said 'Let's get him'".

Spencer Stone, reportedly in the US Air Force, was the first to reach the gunman, who slashed him in the neck and hand.

Skarlatos, who has recently returned from serving in Afghanistan, said he then grabbed the gun and "basically started beating him (the gunman) in the head until he fell unconscious."


© 2015 AFP

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