There was pandemonium at the La Paz international airport’s terminal, Bolivia, Thursday, as a man wielding a kitchen knife went on a rampage, stabbing 11 people.
Accoring to hospital officials, most of the wounds did not appear to be life-threatening, although at least two were serious, with one woman undergoing surgery for an abdominal wound.
Jorge Perez, Bolivian Deputy Interior Minister said the attacker, who was detained at the scene by a police officer who was also wounded told police he “heard voices” and went on the attack to defend himself.
“The man arrived from a village. He is mentally ill and he approached a ticket sales counter and began to attack” passengers who had lined up to board local flights, said Perez.
All of the victims were Bolivians, officials said, and most were female passengers.
One of the wounded told PAT television that the attacker struck many victims in the back.