Saturday 21 October 2017

Germans on edge following spate of three public attacks

Police and emergency workers stand outside the main railway station following what police described as an axe attack. Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images
Police and emergency workers stand outside the main railway station following what police described as an axe attack. Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images

Melanie Hall

An elderly man was attacked with a machete in Dusseldorf yesterday, just hours after a similar attack by a mentally ill asylum-seeker wielding an axe left nine people injured at the city's train station.

In a third attack, tear gas was sprayed inside a train carriage carrying around 50 passengers including a family with two young children in Hamburg last night.

The 80-year-old victim of the machete attack, who has not been named, was rushed to hospital after being assaulted in a car park on the northern outskirts of the city yesterday. His attacker remains at large.

Teachers and students at the nearby Theodor-Fliedner-Gymnasium were told to stay indoors as police cordoned off a woodland area near Kalkumer Schlossallee, the site of the car park.

Hours before he was attacked, a 36-year-old man from Kosovo wounded nine passengers with an axe at Dusseldorf train station before trying to escape by jumping from a bridge on to a street where, injured by the fall, he was arrested. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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