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.
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.