09 February 2024

Iranian armed with axe killed by police after seizing hostages on Swiss train

09 February 2024

An Iranian asylum seeker was killed by police after he used an axe and a knife to seize more than a dozen hostages for several hours on a train in western Switzerland.

No passengers were injured.

Police in the French-speaking Vaud region said the 32-year-old man took the hostages early on Thursday evening and officers, alerted by passengers, sealed off the area while the train was stopped in the town of Essert-sous-Champvert.

The hostages were all freed safe and sound. The hostage-taker was mortally injured during the operation

The man, speaking Farsi and English, demanded that the train engineer join the 15 hostages.

Nearly four hours after the incident began, police stormed the train having tried to negotiate with the man through an interpreter. More than 60 police were involved.

“The hostages were all freed safe and sound,” a police statement said. “The hostage-taker was mortally injured during the operation.”

Vincent Derouand, a spokesperson for the Vaud prosecutors’ office, said an investigation was under way to determine the man’s motive.

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