Last Update: January 25, 2023, 23:45 IST
At least two people were killed and seven injured in a knife attack on a regional train in northern Germany on Wednesday, in which fellow passengers overpowered the alleged attacker.
A police spokesman said three people were seriously injured in a stabbing incident on a train traveling between the cities of Hamburg and Kiel.
The suspect, aged in his 20s to 30s, was taken into custody at the railway station in the town of Brockstad and also suffered injuries.
“Witnesses were able to restrain the suspect until he arrived at the police station in Brockstad shortly after the attack,” police said in a statement.
The spokeswoman said a motive investigation focused on “all leads” including possible extremism or psychological problems on the part of the attacker.
Federal Interior Minister Nancy Fazer called the attack “shocking news” and said her thoughts were with the victims of “this horrific act” and their families.
Schleswig-Holstein state interior minister Sabine Sutterlin-Wack said federal and regional police were “working closely together” to determine a motive.
“It is clear to me that this terrible act was against any humanity,” she said, as she was visiting the scene of the crime.
Police and emergency crews set up an elaborate security perimeter around Brockstad station while helicopters circled overhead.
The daily Bild said the suspect had wounds on both his hands when he was taken into custody.
Germany’s national rail company Deutsche Bahn said some trains on the line between Hamburg and Kiel had been canceled to allow police to investigate them.
Germany has been hit by a number of deadly knife attacks in recent years, some carried out by extremists and others by people suffering from serious psychological problems.
A Syrian jihadist has been given a life sentence for stabbing a German man to death and seriously injuring his companion in a homophobic attack in the eastern city of Dresden in May 2021.
Last June a 30-year-old woman died from her injuries following an apparently random knife attack on students on a university campus.
In September 2022, a knife-wielding man wounded two people in Ansbach, a Bavarian town near Nuremberg, before being fatally shot by police, who said they were investigating a possible “Islamist or terrorist context”. were investigating.
A German court in December sentenced a Syrian-born Islamist to 14 years in prison for a knife attack on a train in which he wounded four passengers.
Last year, a German court ordered the Somali be admitted to a psychiatric hospital in 2021 after stabbing three people to death in the southern city of Würzburg.
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