Some Moroccan jihadi with an AK-47 tried to shoot up a train in France and got jacked up by some U.S. Marines who happened to be on the train. Oh, yeah -- they also happened to be unarmed:
A US Marine who foiled a terrorist attack on a French-bound train was shot in the neck while disarming the crazed gunman.You gotta do more to a Marine than shoot him once in the neck if you want to put him down. Sounds like they just did Marine stuff to me:
The marine, one of two unarmed servicemen, spotted the 26-year-old Moroccan acting suspiciously and heard him trying to arm his weapon in the toilet of the high speed train between Amsterdam and Paris.
The gunman got on the train in Brussels and attempted his attack soon after crossing the French border.
The 26-year-old Moroccan national, who was known to security services, came out of the toilet brandishing the gun and opened fire. Fortunately, the Marines were nearby and overpowered him before he could massacre passengers.
The suspected terrorist had at least nine full magazines of ammunition holding almost 300 rounds. He was also carrying a knife.
Unfortunately, one of the Marines was shot although his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Speaking in Arras, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve praised the Marines for their timely intervention.Of course they recognized the sound of an AK-47 being loaded -- they're trained that way:
He said: 'Thanks to them we have averted a drama. '(The Americans were) particularly courageous and showed extreme bravery in extremely difficult circumstances.'
The man was arrested by police near the town of Arras in northern France.
Belgian journalist Marin Buxant Tweeted that the US Marines were on leave in Brussels when they spotted the man and followed him on the train. When the suspect went into the toilet, the Marines recognised the sound of a weapon being armed and decided to act immediately.
OK, an AK-47 being loaded sounds pretty much like any other external magazine rifle being loaded. Still, good for the Marines to act on their suspicions, saving who knows how many lives, and good that the injured Marine apparently will be OK. While The Daily Mail used a headline referring to the Marine as a "soldier," the paper wisely and correctly called the men who halted the attack "Marines" in the body of the article. Semper Fi, y'all.