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Salez, Switzerland - Woman And Suspect Die After Swiss Train Attack, Two Girls In Serious Condition

Published on: August 14, 2016 08:34 PM
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The train station is deserted at Salez - Sennwald following an attack aboard a train when a man attacked other passengers aboard the train at Salez, Switzerland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016.  Police in Switzerland say a Swiss man set a fire and stabbed people on a train in the country's northeast, wounding six people some seriously, and injuring himself. (Gian Ehrenzeller / Keystone via AP)The train station is deserted at Salez - Sennwald following an attack aboard a train when a man attacked other passengers aboard the train at Salez, Switzerland, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016.  Police in Switzerland say a Swiss man set a fire and stabbed people on a train in the country's northeast, wounding six people some seriously, and injuring himself. (Gian Ehrenzeller / Keystone via AP)

Salez, Switzerland - The man who attacked passengers on a crowded Swiss train with a knife and burning liquid died of his wounds Sunday, as did one of his victims, a 34-year-old woman, Swiss police said. Three others remain hospitalized with serious wounds.

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Police are still searching for a motive but said there’s no indication the suspect, identified only as a 27-year-old Swiss man from a neighboring region, had ties to extremist groups.

A 43-year-old woman, a 6-year-old girl and 17-year-old girl remained hospitalized Sunday with serious injuries, one in critical condition, St. Gallen canton (state) police spokesman Hans-Peter Kruesi told The Associated Press. A 17-year-old youth and 50-year-old man wounded in the attack have been treated and released, he said.

Kruesi said all the victims lived in the St. Gallen canton.

Swiss police searched the suspect’s home after the Saturday afternoon attack on the train as it neared the station in Salez, close to the Liechtenstein border. Kruesi would not comment on what evidence was seized at the home, but said “so far there are no indications this was a terrorist or politically motivated crime.”

In this Aug. 13, 2016 picture a man cleans the platform as the train stands at the station following an attack onboard, in Salez, Switzerland.  APIn this Aug. 13, 2016 picture a man cleans the platform as the train stands at the station following an attack onboard, in Salez, Switzerland.  AP

Police were not able to question the suspect before he died, Kruesi said, adding that the man had no criminal record and was not previously known to police.

According to a video of the attack evaluated by police, the assailant acted alone, attacking passengers on the train between Buchs and Sennwald with a knife and then burning liquid, which is now being analyzed by a police forensics team.

The train driver was being credited with quick thinking, continuing into the Salez station before stopping, a move that allowed police and rescue crews to get on board easier.

Five passengers on the train were wounded in the attack and a sixth person on the train platform, the 50-year-old man, was wounded as he pulled the burning suspect off the train, police said. The 50-year-old was treated for smoke inhalation and burns, Kruesi said.

The Swiss train attack again illustrates how difficult it is for authorities to protect the continent’s labyrinthine transport system, particularly against individuals wielding unsophisticated weapons.

Last month in neighboring Germany, a 17-year-old refugee from Afghanistan used an ax and a knife to wound four tourists on a train, and stabbed a woman as he fled. The attacker was shot and killed by police. All his victims survived.

In May at a train station in the German state of Bavaria, a 27-year-old German man who had been in psychiatric care stabbed commuters, killing one and wounding three others before being apprehended by police.

Last year, a heavily armed gunman opened fire on a high-speed Amsterdam to Paris train but was overpowered by two young American servicemen and their companion.



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 Aug 14, 2016 at 09:50 PM eliezer318 Says:

The MO for this attack screams 'terrorist', but Europe's national bird appears to be the ostrich which buries its head in the sand when threatened by danger. Switzerland is traditionally very strict so perhaps they will do something effective to preempt terror.

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 Aug 14, 2016 at 11:07 PM Normal Says:

Any bets for the name of the terrorist being Mo.

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 Aug 15, 2016 at 03:36 AM Anonymous Says:

Why does Switzerland keep saying that the attacker "was a Swiss citizen"? They won't reveal his name or photo, which probably would indicate that he was of Muslim background. They are just playing games, and are being politically correct.

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