Knifeman starts fire on train, injures 6
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. –
Policemen near a train at the station in Salez, eastern Switzerland, where a man set a fire and stabbed passengers on Aug 13.
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.