None of the 5 injured in the knife attack this Friday in Germany is at risk of death. The attacker could be reduced by an agent off duty and two passengers who were traveling on the regional train in which the attacks occurred. According to the police these could have a islamist background.
According to the Minister of the Interior of the “Land” of North Rhine-WestphaliaHerbert Reul, the alleged assailant is a 31-year-old man born in Irakwhich attacked passengers without warning and in an “arbitrary” way.
The victims suffered cuts and one of them a puncture wound; four of the travelers had to be treated in hospital, although their condition is not serious.
The alleged aggressor was immobilized by a policeman who was traveling on the train and two other passengers, which Reul described as an “act of enormous courage”, at an appearance in Düsseldorf (west), the capital of the federal state.
The Interior Minister explained that in 2017 the authorities had received indications of a possible radicalization of the man arrested today for the attack, who at the time lived in a refugee center and began to show signs of Islamist ideology.
However, it is still necessary to clarify whether this Friday’s attack has an extremist background, he added.
The events occurred around 07:40 in the morning local time, shortly after the train left the station in the town of Herzogenrath.