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Two killed, several wounded in stabbing rampage in German train

Illustrative: Police officers secure the area after a knife attack at a supermarket in Hamburg, Germany, July 28, 2017. (Markus Scholz/dpa via AP)
Illustrative: Police officers secure the area after a knife attack at a supermarket in Hamburg, Germany, July 28, 2017. (Markus Scholz/dpa via AP)

A man stabbed and wounded several people on a train in northern Germany on Wednesday before police detained him, and two of the victims died, German news agency dpa reports.

Germany’s Federal Police force say the man used a knife to attack several passengers shortly before the regional train traveling from Kiel to Hamburg arrived at the Brokstedt station. An initial investigation indicates seven people were wounded, the police agency says.

Dpa later quotes the interior minister of Schleswig-Holstein state, Sabine Suetterlin-Waack, as saying two people were killed and five were wounded in the attack, which happened at about 3 p.m. local time.

The train station in Brokstedt was closed for several hours, the news agency says.

Police did not give dpa any information on the suspect’s identity and said his possible motives were under investigation.

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