Belgium calls on neighbors to enhance security on trains

Belgium calls on neighbors to enhance security measures on cross-border trains

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Belgian police officer stands guard on a platform at the Thalys high-speed train terminal at Brussels Midi/Zuid railway station, August 22, 2015.

Belgium’s Prime Minister, Charles Michel on Saturday requested a meeting regarding security measures on cross-border trains with France, Germany and the Netherlands, after a gunman on Friday wounded three people on a high-speed train.

The gunman carrying a machine gun was wrestled to the ground by passengers, including an American soldier.

The gunman allegedly got on board the train, which was en route to Paris from Amsterdam in Brussels, after the incident he was arrested at Arras station in northern France.

French media said the gunman was known to the intelligence agencies. The suspect has so far insisted on not talking to police in Arras. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said the incident was a "terrorist attack."

"The prime minister proposes an urgent meeting of transport and interior ministers from Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands to reinforce anti-terrorist measures, notably identity and baggage controls," a Belgian official stated.

Police officials said the armed man was 26 years old and of Moroccan origin. There is no official statement on the gunman’s motive for carrying out the attack.


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