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Knife Attack On Bus In Germany Leaves More Than A Dozen Wounded

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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter

 

  • A man with a knife injured at least 14 people in an attack on a public bus in Lübeck, Germany, Friday.
  • The suspect is reportedly an Iranian male in his 30s
  • He has been taken into custody.

 

A knife-wielding attacker went on a rampage on a public bus in Lübeck, Germany Friday, wounding more than a dozen people, according to multiple reports.

At least 14 people were injured, two seriously, in Friday’s attack, which took place in the Kücknitz neighborhood. The suspect, who was not born in Germany, was arrested by local authorities. Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the attack. “Nothing can be ruled out, including a terrorist background,” State Prosecutor Ulla Hingst said of the incident.

“One of the victims had just given up his place to an older woman, when the attacker stabbed him in the chest,” one witness revealed, according to Reuters. The suspect was reportedly a 34-year-old man originally from Iran.

The attacker was armed with a kitchen knife, according to observers, the Lübecker Nachrichten reports. He dropped a backpack, pulled out his weapon, and started his bloody assault on the passengers. His backpack was reportedly smoldering as he attempted to flee the scene. The pack was cleared by local authorities as the suspect was taken into custody.

“There is currently a major police deployment in Luebeck,” local police wrote on Twitter, adding, “We are examining the situation and will give more information later.”

“The offender was overpowered and is in police custody. We are still at the site and continue to will report from here,” the police added in a follow-up tweet.

Germany has suffered several serious knife attacks in recent years, with some suspecting terrorism in a certain cases. The specific details for the latest attack are still emerging. (RELATED: One Dead, Several Injured In Suspected Terror Attack In Germany)

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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