100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Get all your news in one place
Latest National news:
Tanya Plibersek — Possibly Under The Imperius Curse — Has Apologised For Dutton-Voldemort Comments
Senior Labor MP Tanya Plibersek has apologised to Liberal MP (and incoming new party leader) Peter Dutton for likening him…
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
CSIRO building evacuated after reports of smoke
Emergency services are at the CSIRO this morning.
Charity's hand out to help out the Hunter's disadvantaged youth
Disadvantaged and at-risk young people have been given a leg-up as the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation announces more than half-a-million…
Australia news live updates: Scott Morrison says he will support ‘whoever is elected’ as Peter Dutton confirms bid for Liberal leadership
Keep up with all the day’s developments
Three charged in Sydney over alleged sexual assault at Newcastle
Three men have been charged in Sydney over an alleged aggravated sexual assault in Newcastle earlier this year.
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
The power of Pocock: the belief and fervour of campaign volunteers
The phenomenal enthusiasm of the David Pocock campaign volunteers.
New Coalition MP was founding member of club promoting climate science denial
LNP member for Flynn, Colin Boyce, signed international statement rejecting climate crisis and criticised science in state parliament

Germany train attack: Five people injured as knifeman stabs passengers and police probe ‘terror link’

By Tom Batchelor

German police are investigating after five train passengers were injured in an apparent random knife attack on Friday morning, which detectives said may be linked to Islamist terrorism.

The train was traveling near the city of Aachen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, in the far west of the country, at around 7.40am local time when a man began attacking fellow passengers “randomly and arbitrarily”, state interior minister Herbert Reul said.

An Iraqi-born man has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Police said the 31-year-old suspect had been overpowered by a police officer who happened to be on the train, and two other passengers.

The unnamed officer said: “I was on my way to work, that’s all I can say.”

Five people plus the attacker were wounded but only four needed hospital treatment and were being looked after locally. None of them were said to be in a critical condition although some had sustained cuts to their hands and faces.

Mr Reul said it was a “gruesome crime that was stopped in an enormous act of courage”.

The interior minister added that the suspect was already known to authorities, reportedly since 2017. However, he added that authorities have not confirmed that the suspect had an Islamist motive for the attack. 

Photographs from the scene showed officers leading away a man dressed in white full body suit, which police said was used to preserve evidence.

Police officers standing in front of a regional train in Herzogenrath (AP)

There were about 270 passengers on the regional train which was close to the town of Herzogenrath on the border with the Netherlands at the time of the attack.

The track has been closed while investigations continue and around 200 officers were at the scene.

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.