Knife­man starts fire on train, injures 6

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A MAN armed with a knife started a fire on a train in east­ern Switzer­land be­fore stab­bing pas­sen­gers, in­jur­ing six peo­ple in­clud­ing a six-year-old child, po­lice of­fi­cials said.

The mo­tive of the at­tack was not im­me­di­ately clear, but the in­ci­dent on Au­gust 13 fol­lows a string of vi­o­lent, of­ten deadly as­saults in Europe in re­cent months, with many claimed by the ji­hadist Is­lamic State group.

“We can nei­ther ex­clude nor af­firm that this was a ter­ror­ist act,” Saint Gallen re­gional po­lice spokesper­son Bruno Met­zger told the lo­cal St Galler Tag­blatt daily.

Po­lice spokesper­son Hanspeter Kruesi said the sus­pected at­tacker, who used flammable liq­uid to start the fire, was a Swiss na­tional, and not of im­mi­grant back­ground.

He did not com­ment on whether the at­tacker’s re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tion was known to po­lice, who on Au­gust 13 evening searched his home in one of the can­tons bor­der­ing Saint Gallen.

“Ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion we have for the time be­ing, the 27-yearold Swiss man poured out a flammable liq­uid ... [which] caught fire,” Saint Gallen po­lice said.

The man, who “was also armed with at least one knife”, car­ried out the at­tack on a mov­ing train near Switzer­land’s east­ern bor­der with Liecht­en­stein and Aus­tria.

Seven peo­ple, in­clud­ing the sus­pected at­tacker, were ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal with burn and stab wounds.

One wo­man and the at­tacker were “very se­ri­ously in­jured”, Mr Kruesi said, adding that both their lives were in danger. –

Photo: EPA

Po­lice­men near a train at the sta­tion in Salez, east­ern Switzer­land, where a man set a fire and stabbed pas­sen­gers on Aug 13.

Photo: EPA

From left, for­mer Cuban pres­i­dent Fidel Cas­tro, Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro and Cuban Pres­i­dent Raul Cas­tro at­tend the cel­e­bra­tion of Fidel’s 90th birth­day at Karl Marx The­atre in Ha­vana on Au­gust 13.

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