Shots fired on Amsterdam-to-Paris train, several injured

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Posted: Aug 21, 2015 1:55 PM

PARIS (Reuters) - Shots were fired on a Thalys high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris on Friday and several people were injured, the French interior ministry said.

A man was arrested when the train stopped at Arras station in northern France but his motives were not yet known, a ministry spokesman said. Thalys said in a tweet that travellers were safe and the situation was under control.

"A man opened fire on this Thalys train between Amsterdam and Paris, one person was very seriously injured," ministry spokesman Pierre Henry Brandet said on BFM-TV television. "Talking about a terrorist motive would be premature at the moment," he said.

France has been on high security alert since Islamist militants killed 17 people in and around Paris in January.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was en route to Arras in response to the train shooting, Brandet said.

No one at the SNCF French railways was immediately available to comment on the report.

(Reporting by Michel Rose and Elizabeth Pineau; Editing by Mark Heinrich)