An Afghan refugee has injured at least 19 people with an axe as he shouted “Allahu Akbar” during a rampage on a train in Germany. The 17-year-old – who was an “unaccompanied minor refugee” according to the Bavarian Interior Minister – then went on the run, with a huge police force, including a helicopter, in pursuit.
A ministry spokesman described the attack as “probably” an Islamist assault, after he revealed the boy shouted “Allahu Akbar”.
A police spokesman confirmed he has since been shot while fleeing the scene. The attacker, who has not yet been named, lived with a German family in the nearby town of Ochsenfurt for two weeks having previously lived in a refugee camp, according to local media.
The terrifying incident occured last night, with German media reporting at least 19 have been injured, although the number could still rise. At least three victims are seriously injured while one person sustained minor injuries and fourteen are reportedly in shock.
The attack took place on a train in the region of Wurzburg, in the Bavaria region in the center of the country. A large number of emergency vehicles are now at the scene, tending to people who were hurt in the deranged attack, while an air ambulance is currently en route.
Four of the victims are thought to be in a critical condition, while at least fourteen have moderate injuries. Others have minor injuries.
The Wurzburg-Heidingsfeld to Ochsenfurt train line has now been closed in the wake of the attack.
The incident took place on a regional train which was busy with late evening commuters.
The terror threat level in Germany is currently high, with British tourists warned to take care when travelling. The UK Foreign Office advises: “There is a high threat from terrorism.
“The German government has announced that increased security has been put in place as a precaution at public buildings, major events, transport hubs and large public gatherings.”