Six people have been injured, some fatally, after a man set a train carriage on fire in Switzerland and stabbed several passengers.
The alleged attacker, who was a 27-year-old citizen on board the train, ignited a fire with flammable liquid before he began stabbing passengers. Several dozen passengers were on board at the time of the attack. There is no immediate information regarding the name, background, or motive of the assailant.
In a statement, St. Gallen Police said:
‘According to current information a 27-year-old Swiss man poured out a flammable liquid. He was also armed with at least one knife. The liquid caught fire.’
The attack took place on Saturday at around 2:20 p.m., just as the train approached Salez station. The station is located between Buchs and Sennwald on the Südostbahn line in the canton of St. Gallen in north eastern Switzerland.
Among those injured were a 6-year-old child, a boy and girl both age 17, two women ages 34 and 43, and a 50-year-old man. The attacker was also injured during the incident. The Swiss site watson.ch claimed that the suspect was “on fire” when police tackled him and suffered serious burns.
European states have been alerted about the lone wolf attacks due to other recent attacks that have been similar to this one.
Just last month, a 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker attacked four passengers with an axe in the German State of Bavaria. Reports stated that the assailant shouted the Islamic phrase “Allahu Akbar,” meaning God is good, during the attack.
Bavarian regional prosecutor Erik Ohlenschlager said the boy was a devout Muslim who wanted to get revenge on “infidels” who had harmed his Muslim friends. He accepted that his own death was a possibility.
The young man was shot in the head by police as he tried to flee.
Below is a picture of the horrific crime scene at the train station in Germany. This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.