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High-speed rail attack: The perpetrator chose the victims apparently at random, German police claim

High-speed rail attack: The perpetrator chose the victims apparently at random, German police claim

Police and investigators said at a news conference at Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz that the motive for the attack was not yet known, but there was no indication that it was an act of terrorism. Police received an emergency call on Saturday at 9.20, that there had been an attack on Intercity Express (ICE) passengers on the line between Regensburg and Nuremberg.

Source: TASR / DPA

According to the police, he attacked the suspect with a folding knife with an eight-centimeter blade. He first attacked a 26-year-old man with head injuries. He then stabbed a 60-year-old man who had injuries to the head and torso. Another 60-year-old man was the victim of the assault, with unspecified injuries. The attacker then fled to another railcar, where he stabbed a 39-year-old man in the upper body.

High Speed ​​​​Train Attack:

Source: TASR / DPA

The suspect is a 27-year-old Syrian who arrived in Germany in 2014 and was granted asylum in 2016. Police said the results of an initial examination of the detainee indicated that he had a mental disorder. After the attack, the train stopped at a station in the village of Seubersdorf, where members of the security forces quickly detained the suspect because he did not resist.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer
Horst Seehofer

Zdroj: SITA/AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Saturday expressed his horror at the “terrible” attack on the train and hoped that the wounded and witnesses would soon and fully recover. At the same time, the conservative Bavarian politician called for peace, saying that it would be possible to draw conclusions only after clarifying the background to this act.

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