Rail authorities to review security measures following Salez knife attack
The regional railway Südostbahn (SOB) says it will carefully review its security measures following the attack on a train near Salez station on Saturday afternoon.
A 27-year-old Swiss man who set fire to a train carriage and stabbed passengers, killing a 34-year-old woman, before being killed himself.
Local media are saying the man is called Simon S. and lived in canton Schwyz.
Locals described him as a loner and somewhat mysterious. It's thought he spent some time in Lichtenstein on an engineering training course.
5 people were injured - a 17-year-old girl is still in critical condition and a 6-year-old girl and a 43-year-old woman are out of danger.
The SOB have said in a statement that the safety of passengers is their first priority.
Chairman, Hans Altherr, said the company was "deeply concerned” by the attack and that they ‘extend their sympathy to the relatives of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. "
As reported in 20 minutes, several politicians and associations have also been calling for stricter security measures in trains and in stations.
Hans-Ruedi Schürch, president of LPV, a union for train employees, says the country is now suffering from the removal of security guards in trains 20 years ago.
But Martin Graf, head of public transport security agency Securitrans, told Tages Anzeiger that security services had “no chance” of being in the right place at the right time to prevent an attack.
Other commentators however say ‘intensified surveillance', is a good idea as it could have a deterrent effect.
Meanwhile, Swiss federal railways (SBB), say they are waiting for the results of the investigation before deciding to implement any additional security measures.
St. Gallen Cantonal Police do not yet know the motive of the accused but assume it was the act of a lone assailant.