A TEENAGE Afghan asylum seeker shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”) during an axe and knife attack on a train in southern Germany that injured at least five people, a German top security official said.
Bavaria’s interior minister Joachim Herrmann said on public television that investigators raiding his room also found a hand-painted flag of the Islamic State group.
The attacker was shot and killed by a special police unit which coincidentally happened to be nearby.
“Even during the first emergency call, a witness said that the attacker was shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ on the train,” Herrmann told ZDF Television.
“Also, during the search of his room, a hand-painted IS flag was found.” Herrmann said that it was still too early to draw conclusions about the attacker’s motive.
The attacker, who was not identified by the authorities, came to Germany two years ago as an unaccompanied minor, and applied for asylum in March of last year.
He lived in a home for young refugees until two weeks ago when he was placed with a foster family in the Wuerzburg area.
Investigators were talking to the foster family, witnesses and the attacker’s friends.
The attacker injured at least four people on the train near Wuerzburg-Heidingsfeld on Monday night, and also a woman outside the train as he fled.
Witnesses said the interior of the train was covered with blood and looked “like a slaughterhouse”, the German news agency dpa reported. About 30 passengers were on the train at the time; more than a dozen were treated for shock.
Herrmann said at least two victims – members of a Chinese tourist family – are still in critical condition.
German officials did not identify the victims, but Hong Kong’s immigration department said Tuesday that among those injured in the attack were four members of a family of five from the southern Chinese city.died.
The attacker, a German citizen, also shouted “Allahu akbar” during the attack, but authorities found no evidence of links to Islamic extremists. The attacker was later sent to a psychiatric hospital.
CHILLING PHOTOS OF TRAIN CARRIAGE
The train carriage where a teenager went on a brutal, axe-wielding stabbing spree in Germany looked “like a slaughterhouse” after the attack, a witness said.
The witness, who declined to give his name, said he saw passengers crawl from the carriage and ask for a first-aid kit as other victims lay on the floor inside, DPA news agency reports.
A chilling photo taken of the train carriage show it splattered with blood and strewn with blood-soaked towels.
Wuerzburg police said on their Facebook page that three of the victims suffered “serious injuries” and one other has non life-threatening injuries, while at least another 14 passengers are being treated for minor injuries and shock.
Local broadcaster ARD reports the teen was shot dead by police as he was “fleeing the scene”.
Herrmann said he had arrived as an unaccompanied minor in Germany and was living nearby Ochsenfurt.
The teen was armed with an axe and knife when he stabbed passengers on the train near Wuerzburg in Bavaria, in the country’s south.
Islamic State group claims responsibility for train attack with ax and knife in Germany.