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Man arrested after knife attack on German bus

 

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FILE PHOTO: A rack of postcards is seen in downtown Luebeck, June 4, 2011. . REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo

 

BERLIN (Reuters) - A man armed with a knife attacked people on a bus in the northern city of Luebeck on Friday, injuring 10 including one seriously before he was arrested, police said, adding there was no indication he was radicalized or had a terrorist motive.

 

"The identity of the perpetrator has been clarified: a 34-year-old German citizen resident in Luebeck," police added on Twitter. "There are currently no indications the man was political radicalized and no signs of a terrorist background."

 

The police added that a backpack was found in the bus from which smoke was appearing. It was examined by a bomb squad, which found a "fire accelerant" but no explosives.

 

The local Luebecker Nachrichten, without citing its source, said the attacker was originally from Iran who now had German nationality and had lived in Luebeck for years.

 

Police tweeted that 10 people were hurt.

 

"There were no dead," the police and state prosecutor's office said in a statement. "The background to the crime is still unclear and the subject of the ongoing investigation."

 

The local Luebecker Nachrichten reported at least 14 people were wounded, two seriously.

 

On Twitter, the police said the attacker was overpowered and taken into police custody. The attack took place at 1.47 p.m. local time (1147 GMT).

 

"The bus was full," the police said, appealing to passengers who fled the scene to contact them.

 

Luebecker Nachrichten quoted a witness as saying: "One of the victims had just given up his place to an older woman, when the attacker stabbed him in the chest."

 

An area around a bus stop in the Luebeck neighbourhood of Kuecknitz was sealed off by police, spokesman Dierk Duerbook told Bild.

 

In April, a man drove a camper van into a group of people sitting outside a restaurant in the German city of Muenster, killing two people before shooting himself dead. There was no evidence of any link to Islamist militancy and he was not a refugee.

 

In Berlin in December 2016, a Tunisian whose request for asylum was turned down and who had links to Islamist militants hijacked a truck and ploughed into a crowded marketplace. Twelve people, including the man driving the truck when it was hijacked, were killed.

 

 
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Ok, no background found....”yet.”  

That certainly, pleases the PC media but I doubt it makes the victims feel any better.   

 

 

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1 hour ago, KhunBENQ said:

No terrorist attack.

Nowadays "mentally disturbed" is the correct nomenclature for attackers acting alone.

Multiple cases of mentally disturbed over the year.

 

Just waiting for the excuse in this case.

Personally, if the person in the OP incident is identified as being motivated by Islamist ideology, or indeed for any reason, I would class the attacker as mentally disturbed. Of course sentencing is more severe if an attacker is identified as aligned to a terrorist cause.

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update the german home secretary of schleswig-holstein cdu stated to the local press, a  motivated terror attack could not be exluded, that to cofirm would be inadequat...555555

 

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2 hours ago, Baerboxer said:

Yes because so unlikely anyone from Iran would be a fanatical Moslem intent on murdering infidels.

Actually, I would've considered it unlikely, before this incident, assuming the guy is a Shia, and not from the Sunni minority. Correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that most, if not all, of the recent attacks in Europe by moslems, be they organised terrorists, lone wolves, or the "mentally deranged" with no obvious terrorist links, involved Sunnis.

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How serious were the injuries to the Bus? Was a mechanic called? Body and fender repairman? Attacker should have gone after something smaller, like a car.

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