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Man sets fire, kills passenger in attack on Swiss train

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A 34-year-old woman has died after a man on a train in eastern Switzerland stabbed several passengers and poured a flammable liquid that caught fire, Swiss police said Sunday.

Several others were hurt, including a 6-year-old boy, police said.

In a statement on Facebook, St. Gallen police said the 27-year-old suspect was also injured in the fire Saturday afternoon.

In addition to the child, a 17-year-old man, a 50-year-old man and at least two women – ages 17 and 43 – were taken to hospitals with injuries ranging from burns to stab wounds, police said.

Dozens of passengers were on the train when the attack occurred on the route between Buchs and Sennwald, just before the Salez Station, authorities said.

St. Gallen police said the motive was not clear.

They said the suspect was not known to police prior to the attack.

Authorities said they believe the man was acting alone but stressed the investigation is still ongoing.

The train was heavily damaged by the fire.

Service was shut down on that rail line, and buses were brought in for passengers, police said.