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Austria Police Say No Terror Link in Train Stabbing

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Austrian policemen arrest a suspect on August 16, 2016 at the train station Sulz-Röthis in Vorarlberg, Austria, after he had attacked two train passengers with a knife.

Austrian policemen arrest a suspect on August 16, 2016 at the train station Sulz-Röthis in Vorarlberg, Austria, after he had attacked two train passengers with a knife.

Austrian police say there are no signs of terrorism links after a “mentally ill” man launched into a stabbing rampage on a train in western Austria Tuesday.

According to police, the man, identified as a 60-year-old German national, appeared mentally unstable as he attacked two people on the train near the village of Sulz.

"The man did not have a migration background. He is by all accounts mentally ill and we are largely excluding a terrorist act," police spokesman Horst Spitzhofer told the French news agency, AFP.

The attacker was headed to the city of Bregenz when he frantically began stabbing two teenagers. The first, a 19-year-old was stabbed in the stomach and back, while the other, a 17-year-old had his throat slashed.

The attacker was eventually subdued after a brief struggle with police when the train pulled into a station.

Police said both the victims had been taken to the hospital.

On Saturday, a similar knife attack on a train in Switzerland left one person dead and five more injured. Police said they had ruled out any connection between the two incidents.

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