By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
HAMBURG, GERMANY (Worthy News) – At least two people were killed and seven injured after “a stateless Palestinian” attacked several passengers on a train in northern Germany before police detained him, German authorities said Wednesday.
Germany’s Federal Police force said the man used a knife to stab people as the regional train traveling from Kiel to the city of Hamburg approached the Brokstedt station.
Footage seen by Worthy News showed several ambulances and police in the area following Wednesday’s violence.
By then, the suspect had been grabbed by members of the public and arrested by police, officials said, adding that the motive of the attack was not immediately known.
The attacker was also injured and taken to the hospital, police said. Authorities did not immediately reveal the identities of the victims.
Germany’s Interior Minister Nancy Faeser expressed shock about the stabbings. “The knife attack in a regional train is shocking news. All our thoughts are with the victims of this terrible act and their families,” she said.
“The background to the crime is now being investigated at full speed,” Faeser explained. “I would like to sincerely thank the police and rescue workers who responded.”
The alleged involvement of a Palestinian in the was due to renew an ongoing national fierce debate about reported extremism among the many migrants and refugees arriving in Germany.