Knifeman wounds multiple people in attack at Frankfurt train station before being overpowered by police
- Knifeman launched attack on Frankfurt station around 9am local time
- Police say lone attacker injured ‘several’ others before being arrested
- Three people were seriously injured in the attack, local media reported
- Investigation is underway, police said, without releasing more information
Multiple people have been wounded – some of them seriously – in a knife attack at a train station in Frankfurt.
The attack occurred around 9am in the central German city before police overpowered and arrested the attacker.
Three people were seriously injured in the attack, local newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine reported, though police added no injuries were life-threatening.
Multiple people have been injured – some of them seriously – after a knife attack on Frankfurt train station around 9am on Tuesday
Police said one person is thought to have attacked ‘multiple’ others before being overpowered by officers and arrested
Witnesses told the newspaper that the man seemed to be under the influence of drugs and appeared to choose his victims at random.
Without discounting the theory, officers added that possible links between the attacker and victims were being examined, along with any political motivation.
A police statement posted on Twitter said: ‘Frankfurt train district: One person was reported who is alleged to have injured several other people. They were arrested.
‘The exact circumstances of the crime are currently the subject of the investigation. There is no longer any danger. More information will follow.’
In 2016, a similar attack took place in Munich when a 27-year-old man stabbed four people, one of them fatally, at Grafing station.
Initially reported as a terror attack, it was later revealed that the attacker had known mental health issues and no known links to terror groups.
Forensic officers examine traces of blood left on the pavement after a knife attack near Frankfurt station on Tuesday morning
An investigation has been launched with police promising to release more details ‘soon’
Police vehicles cordon off a part of the area around Frankfurt station after the attack
He was later committed to a psychiatric ward.
In April last year, another four people were stabbed in the city of Hanau after a group of men had attacked passers-by with knives.
The stabbing came two months after far-right gunmen shot dead ten people in an attack on two shisha bars in the city, though police said the two were not connected.
In October two more people were then stabbed – one fatally – in a knife attack in Dresden, which was linked to Islamic terrorism.
The suspect, a 20-year-old identified only as Abdullah AHH, had arrived in the country from Syria in 2015 to seek asylum – which was denied.
Despite that, he was not deported although he was jailed for two years in 2018 for plotting a terror attack with a known ISIS member.
After being released from jail and despite being monitored by police, he was able to purchase a knife and launch the attack.