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Two killed and five injured in knife attack on German train

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Two people have been killed and five injured in a knife attack on a regional train in northern Germany, authorities in the state of Schleswig-Holstein say.

Schleswig-Holstein’s Interior Minister Sabine Sutterlin-Waack and a spokesperson for the federal police in the state confirmed that there had been a knife attack with casualties.

A man attacked passengers with a knife shortly before 3pm on Wednesday local time, before the train arrived at Brokstedt station, police said.

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Police officers arrested the suspected attacker shortly afterwards in Brokstedt.

The motive was not clear.

The railway station was closed off by police.

A suspected attacker has been arrested after two people were killed on a train in northern Germany. Credit: AP

Brokstedt is a small community about 60 kilometres north of Hamburg in the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

Police were investigating at the train station in Brokstedt, the German railway Deutsche Bahn said on Twitter, adding that some services between Hamburg and Kiel had been cancelled.

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Source: 7News