Seven people are in hospital with stab wounds and burns, police say, after an attack on a train near St.Gallen, Switzerland. The man set the train carriage on fire using a flammable liquid and also stabbed passengers, including a six-year-old child, police said. Details are sparse for now but The BBC reports, the suspected attacker, described as a Swiss man aged 27, was also taken to hospital after the incident near Salez in St Gallen Canton.
#BREAKING Man attacks Swiss train passengers with fire, knife, injures 7: police
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Swiss police and special forces have sealed off the train and the interior minister is believed to be holding a special meeting on how to deal with incident. As The Mirror reports,
The incident took place in St Gallen in norther eastern Switzerland.
The carriage was reportedly left covered in blood following the attack, as the badly injured were treated at the scene.
Details surrounding the incident took place are currently unclear, but it comes after Europe has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks over the past 12 months.
On the railway line between Buchs and Sennwald it came around 14:20 just before Salez station to an incident. According to current information has poured a flammable liquid, a 27-year-old Swiss. He was armed with at least one knife. The liquid caught fire. This, and stabbed seven people were injured severely partly on the train.
Seven people had to be admitted to various hospitals with undetermined fire and stab wounds. They were partly hurt severely. “Among the injured is at least one child,” said Bruno Metzger, spokesman for the St. Gallen cantonal police, the “St. Galler Tagblatt ” .
As the Canton Police notifies that it was among the injured in addition to the alleged offender 27 years of a 17- and a 50- year-old man and three women aged 17, 34 and 43 years and a 6-year-old child.
Besides a massive contingent of police St.Gallen Canton firefighters, three rescue helicopters, two emergency physicians, three ambulances and experts from the railway companies were in use.
France, Germany and Belgium have all been targeted, and other European nations have been bracing for assaults on their soil.
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Author: Tyler Durden