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At least 2 dead, 7 injured in knife attack on train in Germany

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A bus stop where at least two people were killed and seven more injured in a knife attack.  /AFP.

A bus stop where at least two people were killed and seven more injured in a knife attack. /AFP.

At least two people have been killed and seven injured in a knife attack on a train in northern Germany, police said Wednesday.

The attack took place on a regional train linking the cities of Kiel and Hamburg, said a Flensburg police spokesman.

The alleged attackers, aged between 20 and 30, were detained at the Brokstedt base where the convoy was stuck. Police say their motives are still unknown.

Several police cars and an ambulance arrived at the station, according to a photo released by the Bild newspaper. The rail company, Deutsche Bahn, has announced the cancellation of several rail links.

German authorities have been on high alert for years because of the jihadist threat, after an attack on a truck claimed by the Islamic State group killed 12 people in Berlin in December 2016.

Authorities are also paying attention to far-right threats, following multiple attacks in recent years.

A witness to the attack described a “panic scene” on the train, Bild reported on its website.

“The deeds that took place on the regional train between Kiel and Hamburg deeply shocked me,” said Regional Interior Minister Sabine Zutterin Werk.

According to the Interior Ministry, between 2013 and the end of 2021, the number of Islamists considered dangerous in Germany has increased five-fold, reaching 615.

Following a warning from the FBI, German authorities announced on January 8 that they had arrested two Iranians on suspicion of planning an “Islamist” chemical attack using ricin and cyanide.

Source: Diario.Elmundo

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