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ARRAS, France — Two off-duty American soldiers and an American tourist stopped a gunman who opened fire on a train in Belgium.

The train was traveling from Amsterdam to Paris Friday, when the attack happened.

A man came out of the bathroom with an automatic rifle, hand gun and box cutter.

He injured at least one passenger, before the Americans saw him. They fought the gunman until he was unconscious, then tied him up. A British passenger also helped subdue him.

The Americans are friends who were traveling together. Two are from California, the third is from Oregon.

One of them was stabbed several times during the fight, but is expected to be alright.

Witnesses say the gunman never said a word.

He's been identified as a 26-year-old Moroccan citizen, who was being monitored by counterterrorism agencies in Europe for his radical Jihadist views.

A Spanish official says the suspect had travelled to Syria.

The official, linked to Spain's anti-terrorism unit, said the individual lived in Spain until 2014, then moved to France, travelled to Syria, and then returned to France. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be identified by name.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said told reporters in Paris on Saturday that the suspect's identity has not been 100 percent confirmed.

Cazeneuve said the violence began when a French passenger ran into the heavily armed suspect while trying to enter a bathroom and the gunman fired a weapon.

Two people were wounded -- one of the Americans who intervened, and another passenger, a dual French-American citizen, hit by chance by a gunshot, Cazeneuve said.

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