Germany: Syrian threatens train attendant with knife

A 38-year-old train attendant from Sangerhausen (Thuringia) became a victim of a threat yesterday evening when a knife was used against him. A 25-year-old Syrian from the Ilm district (Thuringia) is suspected. During the ticket inspection, the man was noticed for not having purchased a ticket. The incident occurred on the regional train from Kassel to Halle, shortly before Witzenhausen-Nord station. The train attendant therefore wanted to ban the fare evader from continuing his journey at Witzenhausen-Nord station. The 25-year-old did not accept this. Instead, the Syrian behaved aggressively and attacked the railway employee with a knife. The train attendant escaped into the cab of the regional train, closed the door and called the police. Witzenhausen police officers quickly arrived and arrested the 25-year-old man. They then handed him over to the Federal Police. The Federal Police Department in Kassel has initiated criminal proceedings against the 25-year-old asylum seeker on suspicion of harassment. Relevant hints are requested by calling +49 (0)561/81616-0 or the toll-free service number 0800 6 888 000 or by sending an e-mail to

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