‘Axe’-Wielding Man Injures Several People on German Train: Reports

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
July 18, 2016 Updated: July 18, 2016

A German man reportedly attacked more than a dozen people on train with an axe and a knife.

The incident unfolded near Wurzburg in the German state of Bavaria. The suspect was shot by police, according to Bavaria’s Interior Ministry, reported Deutsche Welle.

According to Der Spiegel, the suspect was identified as a 17-year-old Afghan refugee.

The man began attacking people with the bladed tool on a passenger train traveling between Wurzburg and Ochsenfurt.

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.”

 

Bild reported that the attacker was shot while trying to flee the scene.

The train line between Wurzburg-Heidingsfeld and Ochsenfurt was closed, German news agency DPA reported.

Wurzburg, Germany (Google Maps)
Wurzburg, Germany (Google Maps)

The rampage comes after heightened security across Europe, 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. Reports indicate that the suspect pledged allegiance to the ISIS terrorist group.

 

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.