Suspect arrested for fatally stabbing 2 people on train in Germany

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BERLIN — Two people were killed and at least six others injured in a stabbing on a train in northern Germany on Wednesday afternoon, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said.

The attack happened shortly before 3 p.m. on a regional train traveling from the northern city of Kiel to Hamburg. Just before the train arrived in the town of Brokstedt, 40 miles north of Hamburg, a man began stabbing passengers, according to local reports.

The attacker, a man described by authorities as between 20 and 40 years old, was arrested at Brokstedt train station. More information about the suspect was not immediately released. A motive was not immediately clear.

“It’s pretty awful,” Sabine Sütterlin-Waack, Schleswig-Holstein’s interior minister, told a public broadcaster. “We are all completely shocked and horrified that something like this happened.” She added in a statement: “To me, it is clear that this horrific act is directed against all of humanity.”

The station was cordoned off while police investigated the episode. Rail service on the line has been temporarily halted, according to Germany’s national rail service.

The attack follows other recent deadly attacks in the country, including one that killed a teenage girl in Illerkirchberg and another that killed three people in Würzburg.