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Woman Dies After Swiss Train Attack

A Swiss police officer stands near workers cleaning a platform after attack on a Swiss train in Salez, Switzerland, on August 13. A Swiss police officer stands near workers cleaning a platform after attack on a Swiss train in Salez, Switzerland, on August 13. 

One woman died and two girls were in serious condition a day after being attacked on a Swiss train by a man armed with a knife and flammable fluid, St. Gallen cantonal police said on Sunday.

The 34-year-old woman died from her injuries on Sunday morning, police said. The girls, ages 6 and 17 years, were in serious condition, as was the suspected assailant injured by the fire he set in the train, Reuters reported.

Five people were stabbed or burned during an attack by a 27-year-old Swiss man on the train nearing the Salez station on a trip between Buchs and Sennwald in St. Gallen, a canton in the northeast of the Alpine republic. A sixth suffered smoke inhalation as he came to the aid of the others.

Three victims and the suspect remained in hospital on Sunday morning.

In their criminal investigation, police searched the home of the suspect, who lived in a neighboring canton, but could not reveal the results of the search. They said they had found no indication of a politically or terrorist motivated act.

“The motive remains unclear,” they said in a statement. “There is currently none that can be found.”

The attack occurred at 2:20 p.m. (08:20 a.m. EDT) as the train neared the Salez station on a trip between Buchs and Sennwald in St. Gallen, a canton in the northeast of the Alpine republic, the police statement said.

It was the first attack of its kind in Switzerland in recent memory. In December 2015, a 33-year-old Swiss man broke into his neighbors’ house in Rupperswil and killed four people before setting the house on fire, an incident that shocked the country.

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