At Least 7 Injured In Swiss Train Attack

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2016

A Switzerland train attack has sent six people to the hospital after a knife-wielding assailant set fire to a train and stabbed passengers, The New Straits Times is reporting.

A local police statement said the attack took place at around 2:20 p.m.local time, and dozens of people were on the train at the time of the attack.

Police later said three 17-year-olds were among the injured, as well as a 50-year-old man, as well as the six-year-old child.

Swiss police have ruled out terrorism as a motive for the attack, describing the possibility as "very, very far-fetched".

Police in St. Gallen canton (state) say the incident happened early Saturday afternoon as the train neared the station in Salez.

A massive contingent of rescue workers rushed to the scene, including police, firefighters, ambulances and three rescue helicopters.

There have been a string of assaults on the public in neighbouring France and Germany, as well as Belgium, over the past 18 months, most of which were claimed by the IS and killed more than 250 people.

Seven people including the suspected attacker were admitted to various hospitals with burn and stab wounds, the statement said.

St Gallen Police confirmed the attack today. He was shot dead by police as he left the train.

The Salez station remained closed after the attack.

According to early reports, a man boarded the train, started a fire and then began stabbing passengers.

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