Wednesday 7 December 2016

Migrant axe attack on train passengers

Dean Gray

Published 19/07/2016 | 02:30

German emergency services workers work in the area where a man with an axe attacked passengers on a train near the city of Wuerzburg, Germany. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
German emergency services workers work in the area where a man with an axe attacked passengers on a train near the city of Wuerzburg, Germany. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

A teenage Afghan migrant armed with an axe and a knife attacked passengers aboard a regional train in southern Germany on Monday night, injuring four people before he was shot and killed by police as he fled, authorities said.

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Wuerzburg police said on their Facebook page that three of the victims suffered serious injuries and one was slightly injured. Another 14 people were being treated for shock.

Bavaria's top security official, state Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, told Germany's ARD television that the attacker had been identified as a 17-year-old Afghan.

Germany last year registered more than 1 million migrants entering the country, including more than 150,000 Afghans.

Herrmann said authorities were still investigating the motive of the attack and were looking into reports that the suspect had yelled out "an exclamation" during the rampage. He was responding to reports witnesses had heard the suspect shout "Allahu Akbar" ("God Is Great") during the attack.

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