Swiss authorities say no indication of terrorism behind train attack


Terrorism was likely not the motivation behind an attack that ocurred on a train in St. Gallen, police have said. At least six people were injured with knife and burn wounds.

Authorities in Switzerland said on Sunday that the incident, which occurred in Salez, was likely neither an act of terror nor a political act.

On Saturday, a 27-year-old man injured at least six people when he attacked them on board a train in the canton of St. Gallen. He first poured gasoline in front of a woman, sparking a fire. Next he stabbed several other passengers with a knife.

The injured included a 6-year-old child, two 17-year-olds, a 50-year-old man and two women, aged 34 and 43. The victims were taken to a nearby hospital.

The incident bore similarities to one that occurred in Germany in July, when a 17-year-old Afghan refugee attacked passengers on board a train with an axe. However, Swiss authorities were quick to avoid labelling the act one of terrorism.

Schweiz Amok im Zug von Salez A man on board a train in Salez, Switzerland, attacked passengers, injuring at least six

Terror fears in Europe

The attacker was also hospitalized with injuries. Police said none of the victims were in the proper state to talk.

Europe has been on edge in recent months after a slew of terrorist attacks that began last fall with the mass slaughter in Paris. Since then, other attacks have occurred in Belgium, Germany, as well as other parts of France.

Many of the attacks have been committed by so-called “lone wolves,” including one in Nice on July 14, in which a Tunisian man plowed his truck into a crowd on Bastille Day, killing 85 people.

The attacks have led to calls for heightened security around Europe.

blc/rc (Reuters, dpa, AFP)