A man and a woman from Friesland were injured in a knife attack by a 34-year-old German man on a bus in the German city of Lübeck on Friday afternoon. The injured Frisian man remains hospitalised.
Translation by Traci White
According to the Dutch national broadcaster NOS, the man and woman were on vacation with two other Dutch people in Hamburg. The two injured people are both 21 years old, and Omrop Fryslân reports that the four Dutch citizens all knew each other from the Beyers Naudé secondary school in Leeuwarden.
The four of them had decided to spend the last day of their vacation in Lübeck. The BBC reports that the attack occurred around 1:47 p.m. in the neighbourhood of Kücknitz.
One of the group members told the Frisian broadcaster that he saw a burning bag in the bus and then heard people behind him on the bus panicking. “I thought the bus was going to explode, so I grabbed two elderly people and got out of there.”
“One of my friends got back on to the bus to try and rescue someone else, but I saw the guy with the knife turn toward him and cut him just below his neck, and he started bleeding profusely.”
Ten people were injured in the incident, and the motive of the attacker, who is from Lübeck, has not been made publicly known. According to an update on the NOS Teletekst service, the attacker’s father says that his son is delusional and reportedly believed that his neighbours were attacking him with radiation waves. It is not clear what condition the wounded Frisian man is in.
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