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2 dead, several injured in knife attack on train in Germany

2 dead, several injured in knife attack on train in Germany

The suspect was arrested at the train station in the town of Brokstedt. (representative)


A knife attack on a regional train in northern Germany on Wednesday killed two people and injured several others, police said, announcing that the alleged attacker had been captured.

The stabbings took place on a train between the cities of Hamburg and Kiel, a federal police spokesman said.

The suspect was arrested at the train station in Brokstedt.

It was not immediately clear how many people were injured and how serious their condition was. Media reports named about five injured.

Regional Interior Minister Sabine Suetterlin-Waack said she was “shocked” by the attack and that her “thoughts were with the families and loved ones of the victims”.

She added that federal and state police “worked closely” to determine a motive.

Germany’s national railway company said some trains on the line between Hamburg and Kiel had been canceled to allow police to conduct their investigation.

Germany has been hit by several deadly knife attacks in recent years, some carried out by extremists and others by people with serious mental health problems.

A Syrian jihadist was given a life sentence in May 2021 for stabbing to death a German man and seriously wounding his partner in a homophobic attack in the eastern city of Dresden.

A German court in December sentenced a Syrian-born man to 14 years in prison for an Islamic knife attack on a train that injured four passengers.

Last year, a German court ordered a Somali man to a psychiatric hospital after stabbing three people to death in the southern city of W├╝rzburg in 2021.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is being published from a syndicated feed.)

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