A suspected Islamist terrorist knifed five people on a packed commuter train before he was outmuscled by a 60-year-old off-duty policeman.
The Iraq-born suspect, 31, was disarmed and arrested after 7.40am today in Herzogenrath, a suburb of Aachen, western Germany.
He was pulled off the train by police after the ‘indiscriminate and arbitrary’ attack and put in a body suit to protect the crime scene and his identity, cops said.
More than 200 emergency services workers attended the scene.
German interior minister Herbert Reul celebrated the police officer’s ‘tremendous courage’ in halting the ‘cruel act’.
The hero cop, who worked with two fellow passengers to stop the attack, told BILD: ‘I was on my way to work, that’s all I can say.’
A police spokesman told the newspaper: ‘He was taken away without leaving any traces in order to secure evidence and traces, for example on his outer clothing.’
The alleged perpetrator suffered injuries while being disarmed and was taken to hospital.
Three victims are also being treated in hospital with injuries.
None are thought to be life-threatening.
More to follow…