American Servicemen Foil Terrorist Attack in France

August 22, 2015

Two American servicemen traveling on a train from Amsterdam to Paris helped to subdue a potential terrorist attack on Saturday. Spencer Stone, a member of the US Air Force, and Alek Skarlatos, an Oregon National Guardsman, rushed the would-be attacker, forced him to the floor, and held him down until French authorities were able to take over.

The attacker, a 26-year-old man from Morocco, was armed with an AK-47, a handgun, and a knife. Despite being unarmed themselves, the two US servicemen were able to take control of the situation without suffering life threatening injuries. Two other passengers aided Stone and Skarlatos in holding the would-be attacker down after he had been disarmed.

President Obama and French President Fran├žois Hollande commended the men who selflessly put themselves in harms way to protect their fellow passengers.

The high-speed train on which the attack occurred is frequently used by businesspeople, EU officials, and tourists. Unlike other European train routes, luggage on this particular line is not X-rayed. French officials have promised that the matter will be thoroughly investigated.