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‘English-speaking’ hostage-taker armed with axe and knife is shot dead after taking 14 passengers and a conductor captive on board a train in Switzerland

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

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

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.

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