Americans Heroes Honored After Terrorist Incident

The man who boarded a high-speed train in Europe with an assault rifle before being subdued by three Americans was known to intelligence services in three countries and had ties to radical Islam, authorities said Sunday. But the man’s lawyer said he told her that he was homeless and only wanted to rob passengers to be able to eat.

French authorities contend that Ayoub El-Khazzani, a 26-year-old Moroccan, was an Islamic extremist. Meanwhile, the three American travelers who subdued him, say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship.

Without a note of bravado but a huge dose of humility, the three described Friday’s drama on an Amsterdam-to-Paris fast train during a Sunday press conference.

ABC’s Mark Remillard joined us from New York to discuss.

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