German Police: Syrian Train Attacker Stabbed Passengers ‘at Random’, Showed Signs of Mental Illness

An ICE train stands at the station in Seubersdorf, southern Germany, Saturday, Nov.6, 2021. There has been a knife attack in the ICE between Regensburg and Nuremberg. Several people were injured, according to police. A man was arrested. (Vifogra/dpa via AP)
Vifogra/dpa via AP

VIENNA (AP) — A 27-year-old man who stabbed four people with a knife on a German high-speed train apparently attacked his victims “at random” and showed signs of mental illness, authorities said Sunday.

Police and investigators told reporters in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz that the attacker’s intentions were still unclear, but there is no indication currently of a terror motive.

Shortly before 9 a.m. on Saturday, police received a call alerting them that a man with a knife was attacking passengers on Intercity Express train 928, which was traveling from Regensburg to Nuremberg in southeastern Germany.

Using an 8-centimeter (3.1-inch) folding knife, the suspect first went after a 26-year-old man in the same train car, wounding him in the head. The suspect then attacked a 60-year-old man, who was wounded on his head and torso, and another 60-year-old man, who also was wounded.

At that point, the suspect fled to another train car and stabbed a 39-year-old man on his upper body.

All four victims were from the Regensburg and nearby Passau area and were taken to nearby hospitals.

Police said the suspect, a Syrian citizen, came to Germany in 2014 and was granted asylum in 2016. He had been living in Passau. Investigators said an initial evaluation suggested he suffered from mental illness.

The high-speed train pulled into Seubersdorf, a station between Regensburg and Nuremberg, and police officers quickly arrested the suspect “without resistance.”

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