Attacker on the run after three people stabbed in Vienna

Grant SmithMar 09, 2018

Four people have been stabbed in two separate locations, by the Nestroy metro station and the Praterstern train station Wednesday evening according to Vienna police.

The culprit then reportedly fled the scene.

Investigators confirmed the arrest of the Afghan migrant in connection with the second attack but are still investigating whether or not the arrested man was responsible for the first attack.

A family of three - a man, his wife and their adult daughter - were among the ones seriously injured in the random knife attacks in the heart of Vienna.

The stabbings - the first of which took place at 7:45 pm, occurred in Vienna's Second District, which includes the famous Prater park as well as the Praterstern transport hub.

Till the incident, Austria had remained safe from deadly extremist attacks like the ones experienced by Paris, Berlin and Brussels since 2015. Hours after the attack, Vienna police announced that they had arrested a suspect, but no motive has yet been offered. "The three people were seriously injured and their lives are in danger", said Viennese police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer to the Associated Press.

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