“It’s absolutely terrible,” said Sabine Sütterlin-Waack, interior minister of the state of Schleswig-Holstein, who reported on the death toll, in the first reaction. “We are shocked and horrified that something like this has happened,” she also noted, according to radio and television station NDR.
According to the police, the man attacked the passengers shortly before 15:00 CET when the train was approaching the station in the village of Brokstedt. On the platform, people managed to overpower him and detain him until the police arrived. The suspect suffered moderate injuries and is now in hospital.
Bild’s server first reported that the suspect was Syrian, but authorities later said he was Palestinian. DPA wrote that he may have suffered from psychological problems and was not led as an extremist.
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#BREAKING: Multiple people have been killed in a knife attack on a train in #Brokstedt, #Germany.
Initial reports state that seven people have been stabbed at around 3 PM local time on a train in northern Germany.
* There are unconfirmed reports that two people have died. pic.twitter.com/wyKxQ5XnRS
— RealtimeGlobal News (@RealtimeGlobal) January 25, 2023
One of the eyewitnesses told the Kieler Nachrichten website that the people in the carriage panicked when three girls ran up to them, saying that there was a man armed with a knife on the train. Bild wrote that the passengers also defended themselves by throwing suitcases at the attacker. When the train stopped at Brokstedt, the passengers ran out as fast as they could to get to safety.
Not long after, the federal and state police arrived at the scene, as well as a number of paramedics. According to Bild, one of the passengers is in danger of life, the GDR website writes about three seriously injured and four people with minor injuries.
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