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Gunman wounds three passengers on Amsterdam-Paris train

Published 21/08/2015

A Thalys train of French national railway operator SNCF (AP)
A Thalys train of French national railway operator SNCF (AP)

A gunman has opened fire on passengers on board a train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris, injuring three people.

Two of the wounded are in a critical condition.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it did not believe British nationals were among the injured.

French i nterior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henri Brandet confirmed that t he suspect was arrested after the high-speed Thalys train stopped in Arras, northern France.

Investigators from France's anti-terror police are leading the inquiry, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office said.

Sliman Hamzi, an official with police union Alliance, said the suspect is a 26-year-old Moroccan.

He was armed with an automatic rifle and a knife, according to Christophe Piednoel, a spokesman for national railway operator SNCF.

French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade was reportedly lightly wounded when he broke glass to sound the alarm.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: " We are aware of reports that shots were fired on a train in France earlier today.

"The French authorities have responded. There are no reports that British nationals have been injured."

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