BERLIN (HPD) — A man armed with a knife, described as a stateless Palestinian, killed two passengers and wounded seven others before he was subdued by people and arrested by police, authorities said. The reason for the attack was initially unknown.
Federal Police said the man used a knife to attack several passengers shortly before the train, which was going from Kiel to Hamburg, arrived at Brokstedt station.
Police spokesman Juergen Henningsen from the neighboring city of Flensburg said two of the people stabbed died, three suffered serious injuries and four others minor injuries. No details were given about the identity of the victims.
The assailant was also injured and taken to a hospital, police said.
German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser expressed her dismay.
“The knife attack on a regional train is dire news. Our thoughts are with the victims of this terrible act and their families,” he said.
“The context of this crime is being investigated at full speed,” Faeser added. “I want to sincerely thank the police and rescuers who came.”
Authorities said the first notice was received shortly before 3 p.m., when several passengers called 911. The train was stopped and the assailant was arrested outside the carriage, held by several witnesses until officers arrived to arrest him.
The minister of the interior of the state of Schleswig-Holstein, Sabine Suetterlin-Waack, reported that two people died after the attack.
“This is terrible,” Suetterlin-Waack told NDR public radio. “We are shocked and horrified that something like this would happen.”
He later told dpa that the assailant was a 33-year-old stateless Palestinian.
Regional and federal police were on the scene, and the prosecutor’s office was investigating the event, NDR reported.
The Brokstedt station was closed for several hours, local press reported. The motive for the attack remains under investigation.
The Deutsche Bahn railway company expressed its condolences on Wednesday evening. He said that “our deepest solidarity goes to the families of the victims. We wish the injured a speedy and full recovery.”