By Daniel Moritz-Rabson, newsweek.com
The bus was en route to Travemuende, a beach destination, when a passenger attacked fellow riders.
A knife-wielding man wounded at least 14 people in the northern German city of Luebeck Friday. Police said nobody died in the attack, which occurred on a public bus.
Officers cordoned off the area near a bus stop in the KÃ¼cknitz neighborhood after the attack. “The exact number of the injured is still unclear. There is one person who’s seriously injured, but luckily no one was killed,” a police statement said.
Authorities initially said they could not state the motive, but have since issued a statement saying they do not currently suspect terrorism. Authorities stated that “there is no evidence of political radicalization” or anything to suggest the suspect has a “terrorist background,” according to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
The bus was en route to Travemuende, a beach destination, when a passenger turned a knife on fellow riders, authorities said.
A nearby police car promptly responded to the sitaution, and officers quickly arrested a suspect, a 34-year-old German national, who may have been born outside the country. Police have not named the detained person.
“The perpetrator was overpowered and is in police custody. We are still at the site and will continue to report from here,” police from the Schleswig-Holstein state wrote on Twitter.
German authorities had been worried about potential violence after a spate of recent terrorist attacks. Authorities said they prevented a stabbing plot in April, which allegedly targeted people congregating to watch the Berlin half marathon.
In July 2017, a 26-year-old Palestinian man killed one person and injured six others with a knife in a Hamburg supermarket.
The year before, a Tunisian national killed 12 people and wounded dozens more in a truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market.
News outlet Agence France-Presse reported that “Germany remains a target for jihadist groups, in particular, because of its involvement in the coalition fighting [the Islamic State militant group] in Iraq and Syria, and its deployment in Afghanistan since 2001. Security services estimate there are around 11,000 Islamic radicals in Germany.”
The attacks have fueled anti-immigrant and white nationalist sentiments in the country, which have been paralleled across parts of Europe.
In May, over 5,000 people attended a manifestation in Berlin organized by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which opposes migration. Participants held placards that read “No Islam in Germany” and protested the flow of immigrants into the country.
More than 800,000 refugees sought asylum in Germany in 2015 but the number dropped to almost 186,000 in 2017, according to the Office of Migrants and Refugees.