The Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, called Friday, August 21 “terrorist attack” the tragedy that occurred in the Thalys between Amsterdam and Paris. Two passengers were injured by bullets by a gunman on the train. The alleged shooter was arrested and remanded in custody in Arras.
The head of the Belgian government met in the evening with François Hollande. Paris and Brussels have agreed “ co-operate closely in the framework of the investigation,” he said.
The French president assured in a statement that “everything is implemented to clarify and obtain all the necessary information about what happened” .
The Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, himself has expressed on Twitter’s “gratitude” to two Americans who intervened to control the shooter.
The interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, who traveled to Arras in the evening , also expressed his gratitude to the two military “without which we would probably have faced a terrible tragedy” . He also called “extreme caution” on the investigation. “On a serious subject, we will communicate as soon as we will be means to do so” , the minister said.