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Knifeman injures two on Austria train

police officers arresting a man who is on the ground, 16 August 2016 Image copyright AFP
Image caption A bystander helped police arrest the suspect after the train stopped

A 60-year-old man with a knife has seriously injured two teenagers on a moving train in western Austria.

The attack, which happened on Tuesday at 06:30 local time (04:30 GMT) near Sulz village, is the third stabbing on a European train in a month.

Austrian police say the man, a German national, appeared mentally disturbed.

He resisted arrest but officers used pepper spray and had the help of a 22-year-old bystander. Together they managed to arrest him.

The perpetrator lunged at a 19-year-old man on the seat opposite him, police said, before attacking a 17-year-old boy. It is not clear whether the victims were travelling together or whether they knew each other.

The 19 year-old has suffered wounds to the stomach and back. The 17 year-old's throat has been injured.

Austrian police said they were searching for a motive.

Similar recent attacks:

  • On Saturday, a man in Switzerland killed a woman when he stabbed passengers and set fire to the carriage. He also died. Police say the man, a Swiss national, acted alone and there is no indication of a terrorist motive.
  • In July, a teenager armed with an axe and a knife injured four people on a train in the German city of Wuerzburg. Police shot him dead as he fled the scene. Prosecutors said he was an unaccompanied 17-year-old refugee. He had just learned that his friend had been killed in Afghanistan and he wanted to get revenge. The self-styled Islamic State group claimed the attack but there is no evidence that he had been in contact with them.
  • In May, a German national with psychological problems and drug addiction killed one person and injured three others in a knife attack at a train station near Munich.
  • In August last year, three Americans and a Briton overpowered a would-be attacker on a train in France, preventing a shooting.

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