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Published on August 22nd, 2015 | by Capital Public Radio

Sac State Student 1 Of 3 Americans Hailed For Subduing Gunman On Train In Belgium

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SAC STATE SALUTES SENIOR WHO HELPED FOIL TERROR ATTACK
Sacramento State senior Anthony Sadler, one of three Americans who subdued a terror attack Friday on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, has been hailed as a hero by President Robert S. Nelsen.
“We are proud to say Anthony Sadler is a member of the Hornet family,” Nelsen said Saturday. “His efforts, along with those of his childhood friends, to save the train passengers in France from a terrorist attack are nothing short of heroic.
“I look forward to thanking him in person when he returns to campus for fall.”
Sadler, 23, is currently a senior at Sacramento State, majoring in kinesiology. He is also a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Philosophy Club. He started at Sacramento State in Fall 2010.

 -Sacramento State release

Updated at 1:45 p.m.

More details are emerging about the incident in which three Americans, including two U.S. servicemen traveling in civilian clothes, overpowered, tackled and subdued a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman aboard a high-speed train in Belgium.

One of those who helped take down the assailant was slashed multiple times with a box cutter in the scuffle and remains hospitalized with non-life threatening wounds, according to The Associated Press.

A 26-year-old Moroccan man, identified in French media as Ayoub El-Khazzani, has been taken into custody. El-Khazzani is believed to have links to Islamist radicals, has been taken into custody.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has called the train incident a “terrorist attack.”

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