A man armed with an axe has attacked around 20 passengers on a train in northern Bavaria, according to local police.
Three people were seriously injured and one person sustained light injuries before the attacker was shot by police, a police spokesperson told local newspaper Main Post.
According to Bavaria’s interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, the attacker was a 17-year-old Afghan citizen.
The man reportedly attacked passengers on a regional train travelling between the town of Treuchtlingen and the city of Würzburg.
Police have now confirmed the attacker was carrying a knife and an axe and was shot while fleeing the train after it had stopped. The other passengers are said to be in a state of shock.
A man attacked passengers with “cutting and stabbing weapons”, the Bayerischer Rundfunk quoted police as saying.
The train line between Ochsenfurt and Würzburg remains closed while police investigations are ongoing. Police said there was as yet no indication of a motive.
SOURCE: The Guardian