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Three Americans have been hailed as heroes by President Barack Obama for tackling and disarming a gunman they happened to encounter on a high-speed Amsterdam-Paris train.

French authorities said that three people were injured. Two were injured seriously - one with a ****hot wound, the other a knife wound.

The gunman wounded two people before he was subdued. He has been arrested in Arras, northern France, where the train was diverting through. The attack took place at 1545 GMT yesterday while the train was passing through Belgium.

Two of the Americans were off-duty US military personnel, and the three men heard the man loading a weapon in the toilet cubicle, confronting him when he came out.

The suspect is a 26-year-old Moroccan, according to Sliman Hamzi, according to an official with the Alliance police union. He is said to have been carrying a Kalashnikov, a knife, an automatic pistol and cartridges.
French media said the man was known to authorities, and he had so far refused to talk to police.

Associated Press have said named the injured American as Spencer Stone from Sacramento, who was travelling with Mr Sadler and Mr Skarlatos.
Mr Sadler gave a graffic description of what happened
We heard a ****hot, and we heard glass breaking behind us, and saw a train employee sprint past us down the aisle.

They then saw the gunman entering the carriage with an automatic rifle.
As he was cocking it to shoot it, Alek just yells, 'Spencer, go!' And Spencer runs down the aisle, Spencer makes first contact, he tackles the guy, Alek wrestles the gun away from him, and the gunman pulls out a box cutter and slices Spencer a few times. And the three of us beat him until he was unconscious.

.......and today they were awarded the Legion d'honeur by the grateful French government, along with a Brit who helped subdue him.
In making the presentation, the French president said"In the name of France, I would like to thank you. The whole world admires your bravery. It should be an example to all of us and inspire us. You put your lives at risk in order to defend freedom.":Beer:
 

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Don't forget the Briton that was involved aslo
 

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Yes, he was not named.
 
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