German prosecutors charge bus attacker with attempted murder

Policemen secure a street where a public service bus stands, in Kuecknitz near Luebeck, northern Germany, after several people were injured in the bus, in an assault by a man wielding a knife on July 20, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 21 July 2018
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German prosecutors charge bus attacker with attempted murder

  • German prosecutors are charging a 34-year-old man who attacked passengers on a crowded city bus with a knife in the northern town of Luebeck on Friday with attempted murder.
  • The suspect is also being charged with serious bodily harm and arson for trying to set the bus on fire.

BERLIN: German prosecutors are charging a 34-year-old man who attacked passengers on a crowded city bus with a knife in the northern town of Luebeck on Friday with attempted murder.
Luebeck prosecutors said in a statement Saturday they're also charging the German-Iranian dual citizen with serious bodily harm and arson for trying to set the bus on fire.
The suspect, who wasn't identified by name, was arrested at the scene and remains in custody.
Ten people were injured in the attack, three of them seriously, including a 21-year-old Dutchman who was operated on overnight.
Prosecutor Ulla Hingst said the suspect hasn't spoken to investigators and his motive remains unclear.
German news channel Spiegel TV quoted the man's father as saying his son, who lived locally, suffered from psychological problems.


Peace talks postponed as Taliban objects to size of Afghan delegation

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Peace talks postponed as Taliban objects to size of Afghan delegation

  • Afghan delegates scheduled to fly to Doha on Thursday were told the trip was postponed and new dates were being discussed
  • The Taliban have repeatedly refused to meet President Ashraf Ghani’s government, which they call a puppet regime

KABUL: A meeting between the Taliban and Afghan politicians and civil society aimed at ending more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan has been postponed, officials and diplomats said on Thursday, citing Taliban objections to the size of the Afghan delegation.
The talks were set to begin on Friday in Doha, but a senior government official in Kabul said “the gathering has been called off for now and details were being reworked.”
Afghan delegates scheduled to fly to the Qatari capital on Thursday were told the trip was postponed and new dates were being discussed, a western diplomat in Kabul said.
“The government will have to change the composition of the delegation to make this meeting happen,” the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said leaders of the hard-line Islamist group were uncomfortable with the size of the Afghan delegation and its composition.
“Presence of some participants was completely against the list of what was agreed upon,” Mujahid told Reuters over phone, adding that the delegation included Afghans working for the government.
The Taliban have repeatedly refused to meet President Ashraf Ghani’s government, which they call a puppet regime, but have held several rounds of peace talks with US officials.
Ghani said Wednesday the 250-member Afghan delegation included some government officials attending in a personal capacity. But the group did not include some of the most powerful figures in Afghan politics, who are reluctant to join forces with Ghani ahead of presidential elections due in September.