US Airmen and Childhood Friends Recall How They Thwarted Potential Massacre

Spencer Stone, a heroic US airman, spoke on Sunday sharing how he and his childhood friends were able to thwart an attacker set on massacring all of the 500 passengers on the Amsterdam to Paris express train. Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos spoke from the home of the U.S. ambassador to France, Jane Hartley. Spencer was the first to go after the attacker and to help stop the bleeding of a French-American passenger who was wounded by the bullet. Stone was stabbed in the neck and sliced on his hand by the attacker who kept pulling out weapons from his bag.

Stone said his thumb was reattached during his hospital stay in Lille, he thanked the French doctors, police officers and others. He will also receive further medical treatment in Germany. Stone shared how he had woken from a deep sleep to find the attacker holding what looked like a jammed assault rifle and that he was trying to get it to work. Stone said that all he wanted was for everyone on that train to survive. He tackled him, then Alek put in a chokehold and kept hitting him. They kept hitting him until he was unconscious. The attacker tried to hurt Stone with a box cutter. Sadler said that the attacker was cocking the AK-47.

He stated "Hiding or sitting back is not going to accomplish anything." Morocco-born El Khazzani, 26, laughed at the accusations of a terror attack. He said he was only trying to rob the passengers. Yet, Skarlatos said "His intentions were pretty clear. He had a lot of ammo." The three men are honored guests currently staying at the ambassador's home near the Champs Elysee. The night before, they had drinks and pizza. Hartley said "They demonstrated the very best of America with their selfless actions in tackling the assailant."

Photo: KFOR

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