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Three California men stop terrorist in France

Three childhood friends traveling through Europe together encountered a life-threatening situation and rose to the occasion to save nearly 554 lives in France on Friday. This, according to several reports out of Arras, France, where the incident took place.

As reported by The Telegraph, Ayoub El-Khazzani, a citizen of Morocco, most recently living in Spain, was carrying a handgun and an AK-47 assault rifle when he encountered a French passenger who was on his way to the restroom. A scuffle ensued between the two and gunshots were fired.

When El-Khazzani entered the next car, he was confronted by Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos, two members of the U.S. armed forces. A third man, Stone’s and Skarlatos’ childhood friend, Anthony Sadler and an unnamed citizen of the UK subdued the attacker.

Stone was injured in the attack, suffering cuts to the head and hands.

The three Americans quickly rose to fame in the global community, especially after it was revealed that the attacker has ties to ISIS, the extremist Islamic faction wreaking havoc in the Middle East and Europe.

The ‘heroes’ sat with French President Francois Hollande in an interview that has been broadcast worldwide and received a call from U.S. President Barack Obama to issue his thanks to the men who saved the lives of hundreds of people.

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