A person wielding an axe and knife as he held 15 hostages on a practice in western Switzerland has been shot lifeless by police.
Swiss police stated the perpetrator was a Farsi and English-speaking 32-year-old Iranian asylum seeker.
Fourteen passengers and the driving force have been held by the person for nearly 4 hours earlier than police stormed the practice and killed him.
“The hostages were all released unharmed,” police stated in an announcement on Friday.
No particulars got concerning the assailant’s motives.
The incident started on Thursday evening on a practice between Baulmes and Yverdon-les-Bains within the mountainous district of Vaud at round 6.35pm.
The perpetrator pressured the driving force to cease the practice, lockdown its doorways, and go away his publish to affix the others on board on the Essert-sous-Champvent station, in line with native media studies.
Passengers caught on the practice alerted the police and the encompassing space was sealed off for police negotiators to make contact with the assailant, who had tied up a number of the hostages, Swiss public broadcaster Radio Television Suisse (RTS) reported.
Police boarded the practice at round 10.15pm after making an attempt to persuade the assailant to give up.
Explosives have been used to divert his consideration, in line with RTS.
“As the hostage-taker rushed with his axe in the direction of the intervention group, a police officer used his weapon to protect the hostages, fatally hitting the perpetrator,” police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel advised reporters.
“For the moment, there are no elements which direct us towards a terrorist or extremist act.”
The man died on the scene and the hostages and their households have been supported by an emergency response workforce.
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The public prosecutor’s workplace in Vaud is investigating the incident – and police response.
“It’s an unprecedented event given the number of victims, 15 hostages, and the intervention of 60 police,” Prosecutor General Eric Kaltenrieder advised native tv.
Hostage conditions are uncommon in Switzerland however have occurred at banks and companies.
In January 2022, workers of a watch-making agency have been taken hostage and compelled to open a vault containing treasured metals.