German train ‘axe attack’ : Ax-wielding refugee goes on bloody rampage on German train

July 19, 2016 7:00 am

Emergency services are seen at the scene of a reported ax attack on a regional train in southern on July 18, 2016. (EPA)

A youth described as an Afghan refugee attacked passengers with an ax
late Monday aboard a German commuter train, injuring at least four
people before being shot and killed by police, authorities said.
Three
of the victims sustained serious injuries before the assailant fled
from the train and was confronted by police officers in the southern
German province of Bavaria. The youth shouted “Allahu Akhbar”–Arabic
for ‘God is great” – before he was shot, two German security officials
said.
Bavarian Interior Ministry officials described the attacker
as a 17-year-old Afghan national who had arrived in Germany as an
unaccompanied refugee. The officials said it was not yet clear whether
the incident was an act of terrorism.
The assault occurred amid
heightened fears in Germany about possible terrorist attacks, coming
four days after 84 people were killed in an apparent jihadist-inspired
attack in Nice, in the French Riviera.

Bavarian officials and local accounts said the incident
occurred after 9 p.m. local time on Monday on a commuter line that runs
from Treuchtlingen to Wuerzburg in Bavaria province. The youth hacked
and slashed at some of the train’s 20 passengers, injuring at least four
of them.
“It cannot be ruled out that the lives of some of those
injured are in danger,” Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann
told public television broadcaster ARD.
After the passengers
called for help, the train stopped at the town of Heidingsfeld, near
Wuerzburg, where police backed by helicopters were waiting. Two German
security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in discussing
details of the still-unfolding events, said the assailant charged the
officers yelling “Allahu Akhbar” and was cut down by gunfire. Some local
officials cautioned that the teen’s use of the phrase – common in
Islamist-inspired terrorist attacks – was not confirmed.
Hermann
said in a Bavarian broadcast interview that the assailant was a
17-year-old Afghan refugee who was living in a Wuerzburg suburb. He said
the teen appeared to have acted alone, adding that it was too early to
say if it was an act of terrorism.
The attack comes 11 months
after a similar episode in which an Islamist extremist shot and stabbed
passengers on a French Thalys train heading from Amsterdam to Paris.
Four people were injured, including the assailant, a 25-year-old
Moroccan national, who was subdued by a group of passengers that
included three Americans.

Four people have been injured after an ax- and knife-wielding teenager went on a bloody rampage on a train in southern Germany.
According
to German police, three of the victims were severely injured in the
Monday night incident, which happened in the Heidingsfeld region of the
city of Wurzburg.
At least 20
injuries were initially reported in the attack, but later it was
announced that some 14 people were treated for trauma on the scene.
A
few hours after the incident, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim
Herrmann announced that suspect was a 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker
who had taken up residence in the nearby town of Ochsenfurt.
Police said the assailant was shot dead after fleeing the train.

Blood stains on the floor of a train after an ax attack on a regional train in southern Germany on July 18, 2016. (EPA)   Herrmann
noted that the authorities are currently investigating reports that the
attacker yelled out “an exclamation” before the incident. German media
quoted some witnesses as saying that he shouted “Allahu akbar” before
the attack.
In May, a man was
reported as making a similar exclamation before stabbing a person to
death and wounding three others at a railway station in Munich.
The incident sparked fears over Takfiri attacks on the German soil. 
The culprit was later sent to a psychiatric hospital and police said he had no ties to the Takfiri terrorism. 

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