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French Officials Praise Americans Who Thwarted Train Attack

French Officials Praise Americans Who Thwarted Train Attack


A member of the Air Force, a national guardsman and a college student, (all Americans) stopped a terror attack on a French train Friday night.

This report from France 24 has the basic timeline of the incident:

Holidaying US servicemen foil French train attack

Anthony Sadler, a student studying physical therapy at Sacramento State University, was travelling on a French train with two childhood friends ̶ Air Force serviceman Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos, a National Guardsman ̶ when the three heard a gunshot and breaking glass.

“We heard a gunshot and we heard glass breaking behind us, and saw a train employee sprint past us down the aisle,” Sadler said from France, describing the incident.

They then saw the gunman entering their train car.

“I didn’t realise what was happening until I saw a guard run past. I looked back and saw a guy enter with a Kalashnikov. My friends and I got down and then I said, ‘Let’s get him’,” said Skarlatos, 22, who returned from service in Afghanistan in July.

“As he was cocking it to shoot it, Alek just yells, ‘Spencer, go!’ and Spencer runs down the aisle,” Sadler said. “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.”

Sadler said the three men were quickly able to subdue the suspect.

A fourth man, a British national, helped the three men subdue the gunman once he was down.

Here’s a video report from ODN News:

French officials have expressed gratitude. The International Business Times reports:

France’s interior minister has praised the “great bravery” of the American passengers who helped overpower a man after the latter opened fire aboard a French train Friday. One of the men involved in subduing the gunman said there would have been “real carnage” had they not intervened.

French President Francois Hollande also praised the men as heroes.

France has been on high alert since the attacks on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Here’s a picture of the American serviceman who received the most injuries in the attack:

Here is video posted allegedly of the perp after being subdued:

This is the college student and the other serviceman:

Here’s an official statement from French president Hollande:

Featured image via YouTube.


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Damn right they are!

At least the French are grateful and are showing it. I don’t think much of the railway employee running away like hell. I hope somebody makes him answer a lot of questions. What probably made it a little easier, I read elsewhere, that the bullet in the chamber had misfired. It had a deeply dented primer, but didn’t go off. Maybe cheap Chinese AK ammo. In any event the perp apparently didn’t know to clear the chamber and let a new round load. Dumb muzzies. His gun experience is probably limited to shooting into the air at weddings.

    stevewhitemd in reply to faboutlaws. | August 22, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I don’t blame the railway man for running. As Bill Whittle explained a few years ago, there are many sheep and few sheepdogs.

    The three American guys? Sheepdogs. The British fellow who helped out at the end? Sheepdog.

    It’s not easy to be a sheepdog. You have to overcome a lot of basic, human instincts. I’m not sure of what my own reaction would be in that situation.

    So let’s not get down on people for being sheep. That’s what most people are. Let’s celebrate the sheepdogs — and put down the wolves.

    Char Char Binks in reply to faboutlaws. | August 22, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I don’t blame the Frenchman for retreating, nor do I necessarily consider him less brave than the others. He apparently fought the gunman before being forced to flee. Remember, each person had a different experience, different circumstances, and those circumstances were changing constantly in split seconds. Running away may have been his best, even bravest, option, there’s no way for us to know for sure right now. That said, I do applaud the Americans and the British man who subdued the gunman.

    CloseTheFed in reply to faboutlaws. | August 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    The Americans had three people on their team. They worked together. One man running away may have been his best option.

Instinct not multiculturalism saved the day!

It must be difficult for these guys to sit on a train without man-spreading, given the obvious fact that they have giant balls.

Anybody else notice something about these three guys, who have reportedly been the best of friends since childhood? One of them is black. Doesn’t really fit the narrative the prog drones are pushing, does it?

Conservative Beaner | August 22, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Vive le Americans.

Excellent work! Congratulations and much gratitude to these fine men for their courage and selflessness.

Compared to other people around the world,

We are different.

riverlife_callie | August 23, 2015 at 12:06 am

Waiting for Obama’s statement. Hello??? Anyone there???

smalltownoklahoman | August 23, 2015 at 7:33 am

Thank goodness that they were able to subdue this guy before he could kill anyone! Like JP said “Heroes”.

Lafayette, we are here!

No #TerroristLivesMatter protests? Did they really have to beat the poor man into submission?

Once again saving the french asses. Proof that people still believe in something bigger than themselves. Well done! Well done boys!

Three Americans see someone walk into their train car with a rifle and immediately tackle him and restrain him.
The “Open Carry” folks who like to enter fast-food restaurants with an AR-15 slung over their shoulder should take note.