Monday, March 25

Nine injured in attack by knife-welding man on bus in Germany


A policeman looks on as a bus, in which a passenger attacked fellow travellers with a knife in the afternoon, is towed away from the crime scene in the evening in Kuecknitz near Luebeck. — AFP photo

Passengers of a public service bus receive medical treatment in Kuecknitz near Luebeck northern Germany. — AFP photo

BERLIN: Nine people were injured in an attack by a man wielding a knife on a bus in northern Germany, officials said, although his motive remained unclear.

The packed bus was on Friday heading in the direction of Travemuende, a popular beach destination close to the city of Luebeck, when a man pulled the weapon on passengers, Luebeck chief prosecutor Ulla Hingst said.

Regional interior minister for Schleswig-Holstein state, Hans-Joachim Grote, told DPA news agency that six people suffered knife wounds and three others different injuries, while the attacker also punched the bus driver.

“Luckily no-one was killed,” Hingst said.

“The background to the act as well as exactly how it happened are completely unclear and the objects of our investigation.” The bus driver had immediately stopped the vehicle, allowing passengers to escape.

“The passengers jumped out of the bus and were screaming. It was terrible. Then the injured were brought out. The perpetrator had a kitchen knife,” a witness who lives close to the scene, Lothar H, told local daily Luebecker Nachrichten.

Grote said the bus driver had avoided the worst by acting in a “fast and courageous manner”.

An unnamed female passenger on the bus said one of those injured had only just given up his seat to an elderly woman, “when the perpetrator stabbed him in the chest”.

A police car which happened to be close by arrived at the scene quickly, allowing officers to detain the assailant, the newspaper reported. — AFP