Stabbing in German train leaves 2 dead and 7 injured; motive remains unknown

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A man in Germany fatally stabbed two people and injured seven others on a train before police finally arrested him on Wednesday.

“It’s terrible,” the interior minister of the state of Schleswig-Holstein, Sabine Suetterlin-Waack, told German public broadcaster NDR. “We are shocked and appalled that something like this happened.”

The man, identified as aged 20 to 30, boarded a train traveling from Kiel to Hamburg and attacked several passengers around 3 p.m. before the train reached Brokstedt station in northern Germany.

Several people called the police when the attack happened, and officers were able to stop the train and detain the suspect. The train station in Brokstedt remained closed for several hours.

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Forensic experts walk next to a train, on which a knife attack incident occurred, at a train station in Brokstedt, Germany, January 25, 2023.
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Three people were seriously injured and four others suffered minor injuries.

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Police took the suspect, who also sustained injuries, to hospital for treatment. Authorities did not provide additional information on the suspect’s identity, but noted that the suspect was not on extremist watchlists based on preliminary checks.

Two hours after the attack, police had not yet found a motive or updated the status of the victims, German outlet TUSEN reported.

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But the DPA news agency reported that the suspect showed signs of psychiatric illness, citing a security source who spoke off the record.

The regional and federal police joined the prosecutor’s office to investigate the attack, NDR reported.

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Train operator Deutsche Bahn expressed its condolences on Wednesday evening, saying that “our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims. We wish the injured a speedy and full recovery.”

The The US Express News and Reuters contributed to this report.

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