Another day, another mentally ill Muslim stabs people at random on a train.
Three wounded in attack on ICE [Inter City Express train] witness reports
“Travelers shouted: ‘There is a stabber!”
Syrian attacker (27) arrested
by Karl Keim
November 6, 2021
Seubersdorf (Bavaria) — There was a knife attack on an Inter City Express train between Regensburg and Nuremberg on Saturday morning. Three people were seriously wounded, BILD learned. The victims were three men, aged 26, 39, and 60.
Renate Kamman (77) was standing right in the aisle when she heard the screams of the other passengers: “They shouted, ‘There is a stabber. Everyone back!’ They almost ran over me.”
Ludvig Faust (68), who was sitting in the train, says, “We heard a scream. People came running out of car number 4. I wanted to know what was going on, then I suddenly saw a man on the ground. Fortunately, the police were there incredibly quickly.”
The knife attacker was arrested at the scene. According to BILD’s information, he is a 27-year-old Syrian, Abdalrahman A. He reportedly has had psychological problems and called for help on the train. He reportedly came to Germany in 2014 and is a recognized refugee.
By chance, special police forces were on board the train
About 300 passengers were on the Inter City Express from Regensburg to Hamburg. Luck: Two special deployment trains of the Support Commandos (Special Forces of the Bavarian police) were on their way to a football match in Regensburg and were in the immediate vicinity at the time of the crime.
The evacuated passengers are at this time being cared for in a room near the Seubersdorf train station in Neumarkt District in the Upper Palatinate, said a spokesperson on Saturday afternoon.
Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (72, CSU) thanked the police and the train personnel. His spokesman, Steve Alter, posted a statement by Seehofer on Twitter:
Federal Interior Minister Seehofer:
“The awful knife attack on ICE is frightening. I hope that the wounded and those who had to experience the incident quickly and completely recover. I thank everyone, especially the police and train personnel, for their intervention by which worse could be prevented. Through quick action, no further danger exists for others. The background of the incident is as yet unclear and will now be clarified. Only then will an evaluation be possible.”
Bavaria’s interior minister, Joachim Hermann (65, CSU), also commented on the knife attack. Hermann to BILD: “I am shocked over the terrible knife attack that took place on the ICE to Hamburg. My thanks to the police and rescue personnel for the quick intervention and assistance to the wounded passengers.” He expressed the wish to the wounded that they recover as soon as possible from the attack.
Meanwhile, the investigation is in progress. “The police are working hard to clear up the background of the awful crime and the motive of the perpetrator as fast as possible. It must also be determined to what extent psychological problems exist,” said Hermann.
The attack took place near Neumarkt in the Upper Palatinate. The police headquarters of the Upper Palatinate were on the scene with a large contingent. Criminal Police and forensic teams were on the ICE collecting evidence.
The train route from Regensburg-Nuremberg has been closed since morning. Other trains on the route were initially held back at suitable stations, said a spokesperson for German Rail at noon. Meanwhile, long-distance traffic has been diverted to Ingolstadt. For passengers, that means a 30-60-minute longer travel time. When the stretch will be opened again is still open to question.