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One of French train attack heroes stabbed in California

One of the three men lauded for preventing a terrorist attack on a French train has been stabbed in California. An Air Force official has said Spencer Stone is in stable condition.

Spencer Stone, the US airman who helped subdue an attacker on a French train in August, was stabbed in California, Air Force spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Karns said, adding that Stone is in stable condition.

The stabbing is being handled by local police, Karns said, adding that there were no immediate details on the nature of the stabbing.

Meanwhile, Sacramento police said the incident was "not related to a terrorist act," adding that it took place near a bar.

Stone, 23, and two of his childhood friends, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, stopped a gunman on a Paris-bound passenger train in August, receiving worldwide accolades and gaining sudden celebrity.

The trio met US President Barack Obama last month. He praised them for their quick thinking and courage and calling them "the very best of America." They previously had been awarded France's highest honor by President Francois Hollande (pictured above).

Stone, who has been acclaimed for his aggressive role in disarming the gunman, had undergone medical treatment at a military base in Germany for a lacerated thumb and other injuries he suffered in the attack. He is assigned to Travis Air Force Base in California.

sms/mkg (ap, AFP)

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