An ‘English-speaking’ man armed with an axe and a knife was shot dead in a police raid after taking a train hostage in Switzerland.
The situation unfolded in Essert-Sous-Champvent in the west of Switzerland on Thursday night from around 6:35pm to 10:30pm local time (5.35pm to 9.30pm GMT).
A total of 15 hostages were taken which included 14 passengers and the conductor.
But fortunately, the hostages were released safely after the hostage-taker was killed, authorities said.
Police block a road leading to a train station in Essert-Sous-Champvent, western Switzerland
Member of the forensic police officers inspect the inside of a train, where passengers travelling from Yverdon to Sainte-Croix
A Swiss Gendarme Police officer inspects the inside of a train. Luckily, all the hostages were released safely
The man was shot dead by police after allegedly rushing towards an officer with the axe.
According to Vaud canton police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel at a press briefing, the hostage-taker was speaking Farsi and English.
‘At this stage of the investigation, the motives of the perpetrator are not known,’ he said.
He added that the hostage-taker’s identity was still not officially confirmed and checks were being carried out.
The train was travelling from Yverdon to Sainte-Croix.