Woman dies after Swiss train attack

Woman dies after Swiss train attack

Woman dies after Swiss train attack

A female victim (34) and the 27-year-old man who carried out the attack have died from their injuries.

The police said that the attack did not appear to be directed at a single person and they added, it was unclear if the suspect knew any of the victims.

A 43-year-old woman, a 6-year-old girl and 17-year-old girl remained hospitalized Sunday with serious injuries, St. Gallen canton (state) police spokesman Hans-Peter Kruesi told The Associated Press.

"The question of motive remains", police from Switzerland's eastern Saint Gallen region said in a statement, saying: "To date there is no indication this was a terrorist or politically-motivated act".

They searched his home after the attack, which occurred on Saturday afternoon as the train neared the station in Salez, close to the Liechtenstein border.

Six people were injured after the man set fire to a train carriage and stabbed several passengers on board on 13 August.

In May, a 27-year-old German man who had been in psychiatric care stabbed commuters at a train station in the German state of Bavaria, killing one and wounding three others before being apprehended by police.

Police say the attack took place at around 12:20 (GMT) near the Salez station. Three others remain hospitalized with serious wounds. "As far as we now know, he acted alone".

Police also said that some 90 rescue workers had taken part in yesterday's operation, including 3 rescue helicopters, ambulances fire fighters and police.

Police spokesman Hanspeter Kruesi told AFP the suspected attacker, who used flammable liquid to start the fire, was a Swiss national, and not of immigrant background.

The attacker was shot and killed by police and all his victims survived.

Police said the train had suffered damages of over $100,000.

"His intervention probably prevented worst", Kruesi told the Blick daily.

The attacker reportedly had no criminal record in St. Gallen or the surrounding area.

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