Poland stabbing - knife attack rampage in shopping mall leaves nine people injured

Monday, 23 Oct, 2017

One person has died and nine others were injured, two critically, after they were stabbed in an apparently random killing spree at a shopping centre in Stalowa Wola, southeastern Poland.

His weapon was a knife, and a 50-year-old woman who was attacked at the mall died later in the hospital, Anna Klee, the regional police spokeswoman in Rzeszow, was quoted as saying by the PAP news agency.

Around eight people were injured after being attacked with a "sharp tool", and have been taken to hospitals in Stalowa Wola, Tarnobrzeg and Sandomierz. One other person had lighter injuries and another was being treated for shock.

Mr Pobuta said there's "no terrorist or ideological context for the attack, it is rather his poor psychological condition".

The man attacked six women and four men aged between 18 and 50, aiming mainly for the head and chest.

Police spokesman Mariusz Ciarka added the attacker wasn't drunk at the time of the attack but that blood tests are being done to determine if he was under the influence of drugs.

The alleged attacker was a 27-year-old Polish resident of the town, he said.

Andrzej Wierszyna told reporters that the man, who was detained soon after the attack, had a sharp tool with him.