Ten people were injured in an assault by a man wielding a knife on a bus in northern Germany. The 34-year-old suspect was arrested on Friday and appeared before a magistrate on Saturday.
The packed bus was heading in the direction of Travemünde, a popular beach close to the city of Lübeck, when a man pulled a weapon on passengers, local media Lübecker Nachrichten reported, quoting an unnamed witness.
The bus driver immediately stopped the vehicle, allowing passengers to escape, the daily said on its website.
The suspect, a 34-year-old German national born in Iran, appeared before a magistrate on Saturday. His motives remain unclear.
“The passengers jumped out of the bus and were screaming. It was terrible. Then the injured were brought out. The perpetrator had a kitchen knife,” a witness who lives close to the scene, Lothar H., told the daily.
An unnamed female passenger on the bus said one of those injured had only just given up his seat to an elderly woman, “when the perpetrator stabbed him in the chest.”
A police car which happened to be close by was able to get to the scene quickly, allowing officers to detain the perpetrator, added the report.