Syrian Train Attacker Stabs Passengers ‘at Random’ in Germany
Authorities believe there is no indication of a terror motive
German police have said a Syrian man, who stabbed four people with a knife on a high-speed train, attacked victims "at random."
The man, who is 27-years-old, showed signs of mental illness, authorities said.
Police and investigators said the attacker's intentions were still unclear.
Authorities believe there is no indication of a terror motive.
Police received calls alerting them of a man with a knife attacking passengers on a train shortly before 9 a.m. on Saturday.
The train was an Intercity Express train 928 traveling from Regensburg to Nuremberg in southeastern Germany.
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The suspect was using an 8-centimeter (3.1-inch) folding knife in the attacks.
The attacker first went after a 26-year-old man in the same train car, causing head wounds.
He then attacked a 60-year-old man who was wounded on his head and torso.
Another 60-year-old man was also wounded in the attacks.
The suspect then fled to another train and stabbed a 39-year-old man on his upper body.
All four victims were from Regensburg and Passau area.
They were later rushed to nearby hospitals.
Police said the suspect came to Germany in 2014 from Syria and was granted asylum in 2016.
The attacker had been living in Passau.
The initial evaluation suggested he had a mental illness, investigators said.
Police officers quickly arrested the suspect “without resistance" after th train pulled into Seubersdorf.