Thursday 16 August 2018

Teenager held after eight injured in Switzerland axe attack

Police attend the scene after several people were injured in an axe attack at a petrol station in Flums (AP)
Police attend the scene after several people were injured in an axe attack at a petrol station in Flums (AP)

A teenager has been arrested after eight people were injured, at least one of them seriously, during an axe attack in a small north-eastern Swiss town.

The alleged attacker, a 17-year-old Latvian boy, lived locally and studied at a vocational school, police said.

Deputy regional police chief Sigi Rueegg said a couple were initially attacked in a central square in Flums on Sunday evening.

Their eight-month-old baby fell out of a pram during the incident, but was not attacked, and passers-by tried to intervene.

The attacker stole a car, which he then crashed before continuing on foot. He later attacked two people in their cars outside a petrol station before police shot at, Tasered and arrested the suspect.

Prosecutors said previous reports to authorities that the boy had talked about violence could point to a "personality disorder".

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