Published On: Tue, Jul 19th, 2016

Axe attack: 17-year-old Afghan refugee shot dead after Injures Several People on German Train, Reports


Just days after 84 people were killed and scores were injured when a man rammed a truck into a crowd of Bastille Day revelers in Nice, France,   a 17-year-old Afghan refugee attacked more than a dozen people on train with an axe and a knife on Monday night. The suspect was shot by police,  according to Bavaria’s Interior Ministry,  reported Deutsche Welle. According to Der Spiegel, the young man began attacking people on a train traveling between Wurzburg and Ochsenfurt. in the German state of Bavaria. Local media said that at least 21 people were hurt in the attack, but the Bild publication said that four people were hurt seriously and 14 people are “in shock.”  

Reuters reported: Speaking on German public television, Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said it was too early to speculate about the motives of the attacker, who he said was believed to have been living in a home for unaccompanied minors in Ochsenfurt, near the city of Wuerzburg. He did state that a hand-drawn ISIS flag was found in the attacker’s room.

German media, citing a spokesman for the Bavarian interior ministry, reported that the man had shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) during the attack, but neither Herrmann nor Hench said they could confirm that.

 “There are witnesses that suggest there may be an Islamic background to this but that is far from clear at this point, ” Herrmann said.

 Germany welcomed roughly 1 million migrants in 2015, including thousands of unaccompanied minors. Many were fleeing war in countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.


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