Two people were stabbed to death and seven others were injured on a regional train from Kiel to Hamburg on Wednesday.
Shortly after the crime, the suspect was arrested at a train station in the town of Brokstedt.
Schleswig-Holstein’s state interior minister Sabine Sütterlin-Waack rushed to the scene shortly after the news. Speaking to reporters in Brokstedt on Wednesday evening, she said the suspect was a stateless man from the Palestinian territories.
In the hours after the attack, reports on the young man’s age varied slightly. However, the 33-year-old suspect who was arrested was taken to hospital with minor injuries, police said.
Three of the injured were seriously injured and four were slightly injured.
Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said on Twitter: “All our thoughts are with the victims of this terrible crime and their families.”
She said she reached out to her local colleague Sütterlin-Waack for support.
“The background to this crime is now a priority investigation,” Faeser said. “A big thank you to the police and emergency services.”
Other national and regional politicians and local religious leaders also issued similar messages of condolence or condolence.
What do we know so far?
Police said the attack happened as the train approached Brokstedt, a small community of about 2,000 people north of Hamburg. The suspect was arrested when the train reached Brokstedt station. Several passengers called emergency services from the train.
Police later said three passengers were eventually able to restrain the suspected attacker on the plane, and police arrived at the scene with him under their control.
A total of nearly 70 passengers were on the train. Police took statements from them at a nearby site.
The station was closed to allow emergency services and forensic teams to work on the scene. As a result, train operators reported disruptions in the area.
Two hours after the attack, police said further details were still elusive. The suspect’s motive or reasons for the attacker’s actions and the condition of the injured are not entirely clear.
Police said that based on preliminary investigations, the suspect was on the extremist watch list.
The dpa news agency also reported that this time the man was showing mental symptoms, citing security sources.
Interior Minister Suttlerin-Waack of the Christian Democrats was informed of the crime while in state parliament. She first consulted with the state prime minister, Daniel Günther. She reached Brokstedt in the early evening.
msh/nm (AFP, dpa)