The police Swiss killed late Thursday an Iranian asylum seeker armed with an ax and a knife who held 15 people hostage inside a train between the cities of Baulmes and Yverdon-les-Baines, as confirmed this Friday by the authorities, who highlighted that all the hostages were released “safe and sound.”
The hostage taking by the man, 32 years old and whose identity has not been revealed, began around 6:35 p.m., when “forced the mechanic to leave his post and join the rest of the passengers”. “The train was immobilized at the Essert-sous-Champvent stop, with the doors closed,” detailed the Police of the canton of Vaud (west).
Thus, he stated in a statement published on his website that “alerted by the people blocked on the train, law enforcement arrived at the scene and sealed off the perimeter.” “The negotiation specialists of the cantonal police They established contact with the person responsible for the hostage taking“, he said, before adding that the agents carried out “an assault” around 10:15 p.m.
“The hostages were released safely”, he stressed, while pointing out that the man “received a fatal wound during the intervention.” “The Prosecutor’s Office has been contacted and has opened an investigation,” she noted, although she stressed that “at this stage of the investigation, the author’s motivations are unknown.”