Two killed, several injured in train attack in Germany

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Two killed, several injured in train attack in Germany

BROKSTEDT, Germany : Two people were killed and several others injured when a 33-year-old stateless Palestinian man attacked them on Wednesday January 25 on a regional train travelling between Kiel and Hamburg in northern Germany, authorities said.

The man, who was lightly injured on the Danish border, was being treated in a hospital, according to police in the state of Schlewsig-Holstein. He was arrested at a railway station in Brokstedt.

Three others were seriously injured in the attack and four were lightly injured, authorities said.

There was no information yet on the motive for the attack, police said. Sources on the investigation team reported that the man, who came from Gaza eight years ago, had a criminal past, and there was no evidence of political motivation.

The German railway company Deutsche Bahn said on Twitter that some services between the two cities had been cancelled, and that police were investigating at the train station in Brokstedt.

Reuters photos from the scene showed forensics experts gathering evidence on the station platform.

Federal and state police were working together on the investigation, state interior minister Sabine Suettelin-Waack said in a statement.