At least ten people have been injured after a man drew a knife and began stabbing terrified passengers on a packed bus in the German city of Luebeck this afternoon.
Witnesses described a “bloodbath” following the horrific attack which left one people seriously injured.
Screaming passengers ran for their lives after a 34-year-old man started knifing people at random shortly before 2pm local time (noon BST).
One witness said the bus driver was attacked but managed to open the doors to allow those on board to flee.
Another witness said: “One of the victims was just offering his seat to an elderly lady when the attacker stabbed him in his chest. It was a bloodbath!”
Passengers said the suspect dropped a backpack before beginning the attack, which witnesses said began “smoldering”.
Explosives experts have since confirmed the bag contained a “fire accelerant” but no bomb.
Schleswig-Holstein police, the force which covers Luebeck, identified the attacker as a local resident
The force tweeted: “The identity of the perpetrator has been clarified: a 34-year-old German citizen resident in Luebeck.
Local newspaper Luebecker Nachrichten reported the man was originally from Iran.
“There are currently no indications the man was political radicalised and no signs of a terrorist background.”
Officers in a police car which happened to be close to the bus sprang into action after seeing what happened.
They rushed to the vehicle and managed to overpower the suspect.
Police have sealed off an area around a bus stop in the Kuecknitz neighbourhood of Luebeck.
In April, a man drove a camper van into a group of people sitting outside a restaurant in the German city of Muenster, killing two people before shooting himself dead.
There was no evidence of any link to Islamist militancy and he was not a refugee.
In Berlin in December 2016, a Tunisian whose request for asylum was turned down and who had links to Islamist militants hijacked a truck and plowed into a crowded marketplace.
Twelve people, including the man driving the truck when it was hijacked, were killed.
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