Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Arrest warrant issued for man suspected of knife attack on German bus

(Photo: AFP/ dpa / Markus Schol)

BERLIN: A German court has issued an arrest warrant for a German-Iranian man suspected of carrying out a knife attack on a bus in the northern city of Luebeck but there is no indication that it was a terrorist attack, police and prosecutors said on Saturday.

Police said the 34-year-old German citizen wounded 10 people in the attack on Friday but there was no sign he was radicalized or had a terrorist motive.

Prosecutors said in a statement they had sought the arrest warrant for the man on suspicion of attempted murder as well as bodily harm and attempted arson. He was ordered to be remanded in custody.

A spokeswoman for prosecutors in Luebeck said the motives remained unclear as the suspect had not commented on them.

“We have no indication that this was a terrorist act,” she said.

The suspect had been born in Iran but took German citizenship many years ago and lived in Luebeck.

The accused has not commented on the alleged crimes and has taken to prison in Luebeck, police and prosecutors said.

Video surveillance footage from the bus led to suspicion that he wanted to set fire to the vehicle, thereby injuring as many people as possible and potentially killing some.

A 21-year-old man from the Netherlands who was seriously injured in the knife attack only survived thanks to an emergency operation but is no longer in a critical condition.

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