BERLIN – Eight people were injured while attacking a bus in the northern German city of Lübeck and the suspect was arrested, police said on Friday. The local daily Luebecker Nachrichten reported without providing a source that the suspect had attacked a passenger with a knife.
Police spokesman Duerk Duerbrook said the attack took place in the Kuecknitz district of Lübeck, northeast of Hamburg. The Associated Press said the authorities are still trying to determine the circumstances of the attack.
Stabbing attack in Germany
The German intelligence agency dpa quoted the police as saying three people received “moderate” injuries in the incident while five others received minor injuries.
The agency also quoted Ulla Hingst, the prosecutor’s spokesperson in Lübeck, that police are investigating a suspicious backpack. “Nothing is ruled out, including a terrorist background,” she quoted.
The state police tweeted: “No one was killed. The offender was exaggerated and is now in police custody.”
No more details were immediately available.
While motives remained unclear in Lübeck, Germany has seen a number of terrorist attacks in recent years, including the use of vehicles. In December 2016, a truck appeared in Berlin on the Christmas market in Berlin and killed 12 people.
In April, police said they had ruined the alleged stabbing attack that was aimed at people who had gathered at the half-marathon in Berlin.