Around 2:20pm on 13 August 2016, a 27 year old man attacked passengers on a train travelling through the St. Gallen Rhine Valley as the train approached the town of of Salez, according to the Swiss-German newspaper Tages Anzeiger. Salez is in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen, close to the border with Germany.
According to the report, the man, who had a knife and flammable liquid, injured seven people including himself. The victims included three women of 17, 34 and 43 years of age, and two men of 17 and 50 years of age, along with a 6 year old child. They were injured by knife and burning. The paper said that St. Gallen police spokesperson, Bruno Metzger, said that the perpetrator went directly to a woman and showered her with the liquid. How the liquid caught fire was not disclosed.
Police spokesman Hanspeter Krüsi told the news service ATS “Several injured had to be flown with burn injuries to specialty hospitals.” The alleged perpetrators and one other person were in critical condition. Seven people have suffered knife and burn injuries. Three people are seriously injured. The 6 year-old’s condition is not life threatening.
The police confirmed they had already searched the man’s house. The man, who the police said has a typically Swiss-sounding name, is from a neighbouring Swiss canton. The newspaper reported that no motive for the attack had been established. “We still do not know where and why the man boarded the train, and if he knew any of the passengers,” said police spokesperson Hanspeter Krüsi. The 27-year-old had not been questioned.
The damage to the train is estimated at 100,000 Swiss francs.
Read full Tages Anzeiger article (in German)