Saturday, August 22, 2015

US Military Heroes Stop Attack on Train in Belgium

2 members of U.S. military stop Islamist attacker on train in Belgium
By Ralph Ellis, Jessica King, Peter Dailey and Archith Seshadri
August 22, 2015

Story highlights
Member of the Oregon National Guard was involved, Guard official says
Two members of the U.S. military overpower attacker on a train en route to France
Incident occurs on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris

(CNN)The train was speeding through Belgium when the man emerged from the train bathroom, shirtless with a rifle -- possibly an AK 47 -- slung over his shoulder, the Americans said.

The three men -- a member of the Air Force, an inactive National Guard member and a civilian -- responded quickly, possibly preventing a deadly attack on the high-speed Thalys train.

The suspect had a box cutter or some other bladed weapon, authorities said.

"My friend Alek (Skarlatos) yells, 'Get him,' so my friend Spencer (Stone) immediately gets up to charge the guy, followed by Alek, then myself," Anthony Sadler said in an interview with CNN.

"The three of us beat up the guy," Anthony said. "In the process Spencer gets slashed multiple times by the box cutter, and Alek takes the AK away.
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