Five passengers have been injured on a regional train near Aachen, in western Germany, in a knife attack, which according to early indications, could have jihadist motivation. The Islamic State has been launching an ongoing campaign for weeks to get the “lone wolves” in the West into action given its apparent ineffectiveness.
According to the Minister of the Interior of the “Land” of North Rhine-Westphalia, Herbert Reul, the alleged aggressor is a 31-year-old man born in Iraq, who attacked without prior notice and in an “arbitrary” way to passengers. It is known that he had become radicalized in recent time.
The victims suffered cuts and one of them a puncture wound; four of the travelers had to be treated in hospital, although their condition is not serious. The alleged assailant fwas immobilized by a policeman who was traveling on the train and two other passengers, what Reul described as an “act of enormous courage”, in an appearance in Düsseldorf (west), the capital of the federal state.
The Minister of the Interior explained that in 2017 the authorities had received indications of a possible radicalization of the aggressor. what he lived in a refugee center and began to show signs of Islamist ideology.