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Three injured in shooting on Amsterdam-Paris train

August 21, 2015 6:05 pm

A gunman has opened fire on a train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris, injuring three people before being overpowered by passengers, a French state rail company says.

Two of the victims were seriously injured and at least one suffered gunshot wounds, a spokesman from railway company SNCF said, adding the assailant was armed with guns and knives.

The motives behind the attack were not immediately known.

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The incident happened near Arras in northern France shortly after 6:00pm on Friday (local time) and the gunman was arrested when the train stopped at the town’s station, the SNCF spokesman said.

Thalys, which is owned by SNCF, said in a tweet travellers were safe and the situation was under control.

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve was heading to Arras in the wake of the incident, his ministry said.

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