Monday 26 September 2016

Knifeman attacks passengers on train in Austria

Published 16/08/2016 | 10:51

The assault took place near the village of Sulz, in Vorarlberg province
The assault took place near the village of Sulz, in Vorarlberg province

A knife-wielding man has attacked passengers on a train in western Austria, seriously wounding two.

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The assault occurred near the village of Sulz, in Vorarlberg province.

The attacker, a 60-year-old German national, appeared mentally confused, police said.

A 19-year-old man suffered wounds to the stomach and back while the other victim, a 17-year-old male, had a throat injury. Both were taken to hospital.

It comes after a man attacked passengers on a crowded Swiss train with a knife and burning liquid on Saturday, leaving him and one of his victims dead.

Vorarlberg police were searching for a motive but said that at this point there appeared to be no links between the two attacks.

The 19-year-old was the first victim in Tuesday's incident, with the perpetrator lunging at him from a facing seat, police said.

He then attacked the 17-year-old as the train slowed to a halt at Sulz, about 10 kilometres (six miles) east of the Swiss border

The attacker was apprehended at the stop by two police officers who used pepper spray to subdue him.

A 22-year-old passenger who helped police suffered minor cuts to the hand.

Last month in neighbouring Germany, a 17-year-old refugee from Afghanistan with an axe and a knife wounded four tourists on a train, and stabbed a woman as he fled. The attacker was shot and killed by police. All his victims survived.

In May at a train station in the German state of Bavaria, a 27-year-old German man who had been in psychiatric care stabbed commuters, killing one and wounding three others before being apprehended by police.

Last year, a heavily armed gunman opened fire on a high-speed Amsterdam to Paris train but was overpowered by two young American servicemen and their companion.

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