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At least 8 injured in bus attack in northern Germany

An Iranian-born man with a knife injured 10 people in an attack aboard a bus in northern Germany before being overpowered by passengers and arrested by police, the local prosecutor said.

The bus driver stopped immediately so the rest could escape.

The Lübecker Nachrichten newspaper wrote that 2 of the 14 people wounded were in serious condition and that the suspected perpetrator had been apprehended. Hingst said it wasn't clear whether it belonged to the suspect, but said there had been reports of smoke coming out of the backpack.

"There are now no indications the man was political radicalised and no signs of a terrorist background".

Police have taken into custody a man who attacked some bus passengers in the German city of Lubeck. Police said eight people were injured.

Horrified witnesses told how the attacker boarded the packed bus and randomly attacked passengers with a kitchen knife, seriously wounding two people.

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"One of the victims had just given up his place to an older woman, when the attacker stabbed him in the chest", Luebecker Nachrichten quoted a witness as saying.

"There is now a major police deployment in Luebeck", the police force wrote on Twitter.

A police auto which happened to be close by was able to get to the scene quickly, allowing officers to detain the perpetrator, added the report.

Police said the attack happened in Lübeck, about 110 miles northwest of Berlin.

More information as it develops.

Germany has been on high security alert after a number of deadly attacks by Islamist extremist in recent years. She said the weapon that the assailant apparently used was a knife, but that is still under investigation. Twelve people, including the man driving the truck when it was hijacked, were killed.

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