Iranian takes 15 hostage on Swiss prepare, shot lifeless by police | EUROtoday

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BERLIN — An Iranian asylum seeker was shot lifeless by police in Switzerland after taking 15 folks hostage on a prepare, authorities reported Friday.

Armed with an ax and knife, the person, 32, held the hostages on a prepare within the city of Essert-sous-Champvent within the Swiss canton of Vaud close to the French border for nearly 4 hours on Thursday night time.

“The hostages were all released unharmed,” police within the Vaud canton mentioned in a press release on Friday that solely recognized the person as an Iranian asylum seeker. “The hostage taker was fatally wounded during the intervention.”

The ordeal started round 6:35 p.m. native time, after the prepare driver was pressured to depart his submit and be a part of the opposite passengers. Police mentioned the hostage taker spoke a mix of Farsi and English.

Alerted by folks trapped on the prepare, round 60 officers arrived on the scene quickly after and closed off the world, about 40 miles west of the Swiss capital of Bern.

Negotiations with the hostage-taker had been carried out with the assistance of a Farsi interpreter and partially over the messaging service WhatsApp on hostages’ cellphones. At a press briefing following the incident, Vaud canton police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel mentioned authorities in the end determined to storm the prepare and carried out a maneuver that stored the person away from the hostages.

“A hostage-taker stormed towards the emergency team with his ax, a police officer used his weapon to protect the hostages and fatally hit the perpetrator,” Sauterel mentioned. The man died on the scene.

The hostages obtained medical and psychological care and had been taken to a police station and had been questioned. Relatives had been additionally ready for them.

The motive behind the incident stays unclear, in accordance with police.