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Man Starts Fire, Stabs People on Train in Switzerland

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | August 13, 2016

Man Starts Fire, Stabs People on Train in Switzerland

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At least six people, including a child, were injured Saturday afternoon on a train in Switzerland, when a man started a fire and began stabbing people, the Associated Press reported. 

Police in St. Gallen canton told AP that a 27-year-old Swiss man began attacking people as the train approached a station in Salez, which is near the Liechtenstein border. They said he had at least one knife and a flammable liquid.

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The suspect poured the liquid on a woman, and it caught fire, police spokesman Bruno Metzger told AP.

Among the victims were a 6-year-old child, three women and two men, AP reported. There were no other details on the injuries.

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There was about $103,000 worth of damage to the train, according to AP. Police are investigating the incident.

According to the newspaper 20 minuten, police spokesman Hanspeter Krüsi said several people were flown to hospitals with severe burns. He said the suspect and one victim were in critical condition. 

"We still do not know where and why the man boarded the train, and if he knew someone from the passengers," Krüsi said, according to 20 minuten.  

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