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France train attack hero stabbed after leaving California gay bar

By Will Stroude

One of the men who was injured while thwarting a planned gun massacre on a French train in August has been stabbed outside a gay bar in Sacramento, California.

Spencer Stone, who serves in the US Air Force, was hailed a hero after helping tackling a gunman aboard the train from Amsterdam to Paris. Mr Stone was slashed by the attacker and later required surgery to reattach part of his hand.


The 25-year-old was leaving Badlands Dance Club with friends in the early hours of Thursday morning when they were involved in a confrontation with another group, the BBC reports.

Stone was stabbed while defending a friend, and is currently in hospital, where his condition is described as “serious”.  His friend escaped uninjured.

Deputy Ken Bernard of the Sacramento police said that the incident is not related to the train attack, and described it as a “random act”.

“This is not a terrorism-related incident nor is it related to what happened in France months ago,” he said.

“Its believed to be related to a nightclub incident.”

Stone and the two others, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, were hailed by French President Francois Hollande after preventing the potential massacre in August, and later met President Brack Obama and received awards from US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

Responding to the news, Mr Skarlatos tweeted: “Everybody send prayers out to the Stone family today”.

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