Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 24th 2015 Contents PARIS---Three American travelers say they relied
on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years
of friendship as they took down a heavily armed
man on a passenger train speeding through Bel-
US Airman Spencer Stone, recounting for the
first time yesterday how a likely catastrophe was
averted two days earlier, said the gunman, an assault
rifle strapped to his bare chest, seemed like he was
"ready to fight to the end." But he added, "So were
Without a note of bravado but a huge dose of
humility, the three described Friday s drama on an
Amsterdam-to-Paris fast train.
His arm in a sling, Stone, 23, said he was coming
out of a deep sleep when the gunman appeared.
One of his friends, Alek Skarlatos, a 22-year-old
National Guardsman recently back from Afghanistan,
"just hit me on the shoulder and said Let s go. "
French President Francois Hollande and a bevy
of officials are presenting the Americans with the
prestigious Legion of Honor today. A French citizen
who first came across the gunman near a train bath-
room and a British man who joined to help tie up
the assailant also are being honoured with the award,
according to the president s office.
The gunman, identified as 26-year-old Moroccan
Ayoub El-Khazzani, is detained and being questioned
by French counterterrorism police outside Paris.
French and Spanish authorities say El-Khazzani is
an Islamic extremist who may have spent time in
Syria. El-Khazzani s lawyer said yesterday that he
was homeless and trying to rob passengers on the
train to feed himself.
Authorities in France, Belgium and Spain, where
he once lived, are investigating the case. French
authorities can legally hold him for questioning until
tomorrowy, when they must charge him or free
him. His case raises questions about train security
as well as how a man who had been on the radar
of all three countries managed to board the train
unbothered and loaded with weapons.
Skarlatos said El-Khazzani "clearly had no firearms
training whatsoever," but if he "even just got lucky
and did the right thing he would have been able to
operate through all eight of those magazines and
we would ve all been in trouble, and probably
wouldn t be here today, along with a lot of other
Armed with an arsenal of weapons and apparently
determined, he presented a formidable challenge to
the vacationing friends who snapped into action
out of what Skarlatos said was "gut instinct." (AP)
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ABILENE---To mark the 125th
year since Dwight D.Eisenhower's
birth, a multi-million dollar fund-
raising campaign has begun to do
a better job of telling the story of
the nation's 34th president.
Three months ago, the
Eisenhower Foundation began
raising money to improve the
Museum, Library and Boyhood
Home, its website and
educational programmes, The
Wichita Eagle newspaper
reports. The museum is located
near Eisenhower's boyhood
home in Abilene, a town of about
6,800 residents in north-central
"In the last 15 to 20 years there
has been more information that
has come out about Ike's
presidency through our library
and because of records becoming
declassified," said Meredith
Sleichter, executive officer for the
Eisenhower Foundation. "These
have shaped and evolved his
story even more. Our museum
needs to be updated so we can
get his story up to date."
One of the main focuses will
be updating museum exhibits to
make them more interactive and
informative for generations who
have never heard of Eisenhower,
the Holocaust or even the Cold
War. Before becoming president,
Eisenhower was the Supreme
Allied Commander in Europe
during World War II who
launched the D-Day invasion of
France in June 1944.
Eisenhower Foundation raises money for updates
FRANCE TRAIN SHOOTING
A day after a relic military jet plunged
from the sky and crashed onto a busy UK
highway, authorities searched yesterday
for more possible victims.
Sussex police announced at a press con-
ference that they have the names of 11 people
whom they are treating as "highly likely"
to be dead. The identification process was
a "technical" one that requires the help of
the victims next of kin. Earlier, they said
seven people had been killed.
The police added that they are keeping
an open mind about the possibility of addi-
A crane will be brought in to haul away
the wreckage from the site today.
The Cold War-era Hawker Hunter jet
crashed during an air show in southeastern
All of those killed were on the busy A27
highway, which runs next to the Shoreham
airport in Sussex, police Superintendent
Jane Derrick said.
At least 14 other people were injured.
The pilot was pulled from the wreckage
and was airlifted to the Royal Sussex County
Hospital, where he remained critically
injured, Derrick said.
"It is possible that there are still bodies
at the scene, and it is important that our
search is professional and thorough," Derrick
The jet was flying a loop at the Shoreham
Airshow when it nosedived Saturday. The
highway will remain closed as the search
for possible other victims continues.
The show featured vintage military aircraft
and was put on by the Royal Air Forces
Shoreham Airshow organisers said the
Sunday session of the show had been can-
celled following the accident.
Authorities asked anybody with still or
video images of the crash to contact them.
"Sussex Police and the Air Accidents
Investigation Branch have asked that anyone
with photographs or video footage that may
help with their investigations should send
contact details to
k," the airshow organisers said. "Do not
send files, just contact details and infor-
mation about the material you have."
About 2,000 Hawker Hunter single-seat
jets were built in the 1950s in the Nether-
lands and Belgium, according to IHS Jane s
Defence Industry. The plane is about 46 to
49 feet long, depending on the model, with
a wingspan of 33 feet eight inches. (CNN)
AIR SHOW CRASH
11 feared dead
SANTO DOMINGO---Tropical Storm
Danny weakened yesterday and was poised
to bring winds and rainfall to parts of the
Yesterday evening, the centre of the storm
was located about 165 miles (270 kilometers)
east-southeast of Guadeloupe. It was moving
toward the west near 16 mph (26 kph). The
National Hurricane Center in Miami said
it would move to west-northwest through
Danny was expected to move near or over
portions of the Leeward Islands late yes-
terday or early today.
Maximum sustained winds were near 40
mph (65 kph) with higher gusts. The storm
was expected to lose strength.
The hurricane center said tropical-storm-
force winds were expected to affect Guade-
loupe and nearby islands through late yes-
terday. Danny was forecast to produce two
inches to four inches of rain over the Leeward
Islands, the US and British Virgin Islands
and Puerto Rico through tomorrow.
Forecasters said the storm would become
a tropical depression before reaching Puerto
Rico, bringing little relief to the drought-
stricken US territory.
Nearly 25 per cent of Puerto Rico is con-
sidered to be in an extreme drought, and
another 45 per cent is under a severe one,
according to The National Drought Miti-
gation Center. A total of 2.9 million people
in Puerto Rico have been affected, and US
officials have declared at least 20 of the
island s 78 municipalities as disaster zones.
US Virgin Islands Gov Kenneth Mapp
said officials had opened shelters as a pre-
Weakening Tropical Storm Danny churns toward Leeward Islands
Eleven feared dead in jet
crash during an air show in
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