Monday 27 March 2017

Man sets fire to train and injures six in Swiss knife attack

A man armed with a knife and flammable fluid injured six people in an attack on a Swiss train on Saturday
A man armed with a knife and flammable fluid injured six people in an attack on a Swiss train on Saturday

A man armed with a knife and flammable fluid injured six people in an attack on a Swiss train on Saturday, St Gallen cantonal police said.

A police statement said the assailant was a 27-year-old Swiss citizen and that he was also injured in the incident and hsopitalised, as were his six victims - three adults, two 17-year-olds and a child aged 6 - with stab and burn wounds.

It did not spell out whether the man was under arrest or provide any information on a possible motive for the attack, but did say a criminal inquiry was under way.

"According to current information a 27-year-old Swiss man poured out a flammable liquid. He was also armed with at least one knife. The liquid caught fire," the statement said.

The attack occurred at 2:20 p.m. (1220 GMT) as the train neared the Salez station on a trip between Buchs and Sennwald in St. Gallen, a canton in the northeast of the Alpine republic, the police statement said.

It was the first attack of its kind in Switzerland in recent memory. There have been a string of assaults on the public in neighbouring France and Germany, as well as Belgium, over the past 18 months, most of which were claimed by the Islamic State militant group and killed more than 250 people.

 Swiss police do not exclude the possibility of a crime of passion as the motive for a 27-year-old Swiss man's attack on a Swiss train on Saturday, a police spokesman told welt.de.

The police spokesman said authorities did not yet know the motive behind the attack that injured six on Saturday in the canton of St. Gallen, but did not thought terrorism unlikely.

"A terrorism background still seems very, very far-fetched," the spokesman said.

Reuters

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