Two people have been killed and at least five injured in a stabbing attack on a regional train in northern Germany.
Schleswig-Holstein Federal Police said a man used a knife to attack several passengers shortly before the Hamburg-bound train arrived at Brokstedt station.
The suspect was also injured and taken to hospital, police said. they provided no information about his identity other than to say that he was between 20 and 30 years old and that his possible motives were under investigation.
Schleswig-Holstein state interior minister Sabine Suetterlin-Waack said two people were killed and five injured in the attack, which happened around 3 p.m. local time on Wednesday ( 2pm UK time).
“It’s really terrible,” she said. “We are truly shocked and appalled that something like this has happened.”
She then told reporters that the attacker was a 33-year-old Palestinian asylum seeker.
The suspect had self-inflicted injuries to his hands while in custody, Picture reported.
“We haven’t been able to say anything about the background of the crime yet, we’re in the process of getting an overview of the whole area of operations,” police spokeswoman Astrid Heidorn said.
“We received an emergency call at 2.55pm – there were a number of emergency calls from passengers because this man attacked passengers with a knife.”
Deutsche Bahn expressed its condolences on Wednesday evening, saying “our deepest sympathy goes out to the relatives of the victims. We wish those injured a speedy and full recovery.”
Police said the train was stopped and the attacker was held outside the train after several witnesses held him until officers arrived to detain him.
The Independent Gt