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Palestinian man arrested for deadly stabbing spree on German train

Forensics staff on duty at a platform by a regional train, with police officers standing opposite, following a deadly stabbing, at Brokstedt station in Brockstedt, Germany, January 25, 2023. (Jonas Walzberg/dpa via AP)
Forensics staff on duty at a platform by a regional train, with police officers standing opposite, following a deadly stabbing, at Brokstedt station in Brockstedt, Germany, January 25, 2023. (Jonas Walzberg/dpa via AP)

A knife-wielding man described as a stateless Palestinian fatally stabbed two passengers and injured seven others on a train in northern Germany before being grabbed by members of the public and arrested by police, officials say. The motive of the attack was not immediately known.

Germany’s Federal Police force said the suspect used a knife to attack several passengers shortly before a regional train traveling from Kiel to Hamburg arrived at the Brokstedt station.

Police spokesman Juergen Henningsen from the nearby city of Flensburg says two of the stabbed people died after the attack. Three were severely injured and four others suffered minor injuries. No details were given about the identity of the victims.

The attacker was also injured and taken to the hospital, police say.

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