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US servicemen who foiled train attack travel to Germany


Train track. Image source bluebell-railway

Train track. Image source bluebell-railway

Two American servicemen who helped foil an attack on a train in Europe traveled to Germany on Monday, where one will receive additional medical care for injuries suffered in a tussle with the gunman, the Pentagon said.

Spencer Stone of the US Air Force and Alek Skarlatos of the National Guard, who were both off-duty, helped wrestle to the floor the assailant who opened fire after boarding a high-speed train in Brussels bound for Paris, witnesses said.

French President Francois Hollande on Monday awarded the Legion of Honor, the country’s highest honor, to the two servicemen, along with their friend Anthony Sadler and a British business consultant.

Stone suffered hand and eye injuries as he wrestled with the gunman and wore a sling during the award ceremony.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said Stone and Skarlatos headed to Ramstein air base in Germany on Monday after the ceremony in Paris.

Stone was to receive medical care at the military hospital in Landstuhl, not far from the base, Davis said.

Davis said the US military was still “considering appropriate awards to recognize their heroic action.”

Anti-terror investigators are questioning the alleged attacker, 25-year-old Ayoub El Khazzani, who authorities said boarded the train with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, an automatic pistol, ammunition and a box cutter.

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