Belgian prosecutors open anti-terror probe after train attack

Belgian prosecutors open anti-terror probe after train attack
French police stand guard along the platform next to a Thalys train of French national railway operator SNCF at the main train station in Arras, northern France, on August 22, 2015, the day after an armed gunman on the train was overpowered by passengers.
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BRUSSELS - Belgian prosecutors said Saturday they had formally opened an anti-terrorism probe after a gunman opened fire on high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris.

"We have opened an inquiry under the anti-terrorism law... as the suspect boarded the train in Brussels," said Eric Van der Sypt, spokesman for the prosecutor's office.

Three young Americans on Friday overwhelmed a man who opened fire with a Kalashnikov onboard the Thalys express.

The train stopped in northern France where the suspect was handed over to French police.

French prosecutors said late Friday that counter-terrorism investigators had taken over the French side of the probe.

The suspect is thought to be a 26-year-old of Moroccan origin who had lived in Spain, according to sources close to the French investigation.

He was known to the French authorities after being flagged as a potential jihadist by Spanish intelligence services.

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