At least 14 injured in ‘knife attack’ on German bus

Pauline Gross
July 21, 2018

The Lübecker Nachrichten newspaper wrote that 2 of the 14 people wounded were in serious condition and that the suspected perpetrator had been apprehended.

Earlier, authorities tweeted about a "major police deployment in Luebeck".

Confirming that a man went at fellow passengers on the bus with a knife, Luebeck chief prosecutor Ursula Hingst added: "We will not release information on the identity of the man nor the motive of the act".

More details are awaited. She said the weapon that the assailant apparently used was a knife, but that is still under investigation.

The incident occurred on a city bus in Luebeck, near the Baltic coast and northeast of Hamburg, on Friday afternoon.

A police spokesman confirmed there had been no fatalities, said the motive was unknown, but did not state an accurate number of casualties.

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Prosecutors will seek to have the man kept in custody pending possible charges of bodily harm and attempted arson, Hingst said.

In June, German police said they foiled what would have been the first biological attack with the arrest of a Tunisian suspected extremism in possession of the deal poison ricin and bomb-making material.

A second witness who lives on the street where the bus was driving said that the man had a kitchen knife.

"There are now no indications the man was political radicalised and no signs of a terrorist background".

Video surveillance footage from the bus led to suspicion that he wanted to set fire to the vehicle, thereby injuring as many people as possible and potentially killing some.

There was no evidence of any link to Islamist militancy and he was not a refugee.

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