7 passengers wounded in terror attack on Swiss train
Seven people have been injured after a terrorist attacked passengers on a train in Switzerland with ‘fire and a knife’.
Swiss police have confirmed the train has been sealed off an it is understood the county’s interior minister is holding an emergency meeting over the incident.
The terrorist set the train carriage on fire using a flammable liquid and also stabbed passengers, including a six-year-old child, police said.
The attack happened near Salez-Sennwald Train Station on the line between Buchs and Sennwald at around 2.20pm.
The terrorist, a 27-year-old ‘Swiss citizen’, carried out the attack on a train travelling in Switzerland’s far east, along its border with Liechtenstein, and was also injured, regional police in St Gallen said in a statement.
No reports on ethnicity of the terrorist.
Reports in Switzerland suggest a 17-year-old girl and two women aged 34 and 43 were injured while a 17-year-old boy and 50-year-old man were also hurt.
The train was carrying dozens of passengers and the carriage was reportedly left covered in blood as the wounded were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.
A massive contingent of rescue workers rushed to the scene, including police, firefighters, ambulances and three rescue helicopters.
The Salez station remains closed, and police said replacement buses had been set up.
Saint Gallen prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into the attack.
Police said the train had suffered damages upwards of 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,000).
“A crime of passion” is one of the possibilities the Swiss police is currently investigating, Reuters reports.
It is the latest in a series of similar attacks in Europe over the past month, including a 17-year-old terrorist injuring five people with an axe and knife on a train in Wuerzburg, Germany, in July.
UPDATE: The man who carried out the stabbing and arson attack has died along with one of his victims who was doused in a flammable liquid.
Swiss police confirmed that the man, 27 and the woman, 34 succumbed to their injuries.
Police say the suspect was a 27-year-old Swiss national who was not of immigrant origin and did not have a criminal record.