3rd stabbing in 3 weeks on Surrey transit as attacks in the Lower Mainland rises

Police are investigating another stabbing incident at border crossing in Surrey.

Just after 1 a.m. Saturday (April 15), the Metro Vancouver Transit Police Service and Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing incident on a train at Surrey Central Skytrain station.

A man in his 20s was found with a stab wound to his abdomen, traffic police said in an emailed statement. He was taken to hospital but has since been released.

A suspect has not yet been taken into custody, police noted, adding that “it is unclear what caused the stabbing, but it does not appear to be related to any previously reported incidents at the border crossing.”

It’s the third stabbing on Surrey traffic in as many weeks and the latest in a string of attacks on Lower Mainland traffic.

In Surrey, it was followed by 17-year-old Ethan Bespflug, who was stabbed to death on April 11 while riding a bus in the 9900 block of King George Avenue and died in hospital. The Integrated Homicide Squad is still searching for Bespflug’s killer.

Earlier this month a man was stabbed on a bus in Surrey in connection with an alleged terror attack. Abdul Aziz Qawam was charged with attempted murder, assault occasioning bodily harm, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon, all of which are linked to the terrorist group Islamic State.

The victim suffered some damage to his vocal cords but the knife did not damage any major tendons or arteries and doctors hope he makes a full recovery.

Elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, there were several other incidents of violence.

In Burnaby this week, transit police are investigating a man who allegedly assaulted passengers on the light rail and then “attempted to stab” one of the officers. It happened on the Millennium Line of the light rail on April 10.

Later in the day, New Westminster police responded to a stabbing incident at Columbia station following an altercation between the two groups. The two groups did not know each other, police said.

Police are now looking for three suspects: two men and a woman.

– Document provided by Canadian media Tom Zytaruk

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