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People attacked on German train by Afghan refugee

Bavaria: An Afghan refugee has attacked passengers abroad a train in South Germany. A hand-drawn Islamic State flag was found in the room of the 17-year-old Afghan refugee who attacked passengers before being shot dead by police, said the interior minister for the state of Bavaria.

Joachim Herrmann, Interior Minister, said “It was too early to speculate about the motives of the attacker, who had wielded an ax and knife, and whether he was a member of an Islamist group or had become self-radicalised in recent times. Two of those injured in the attacks were in a critical condition. Several of the injured included members of a Chinese family, he said, without giving any further details.

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. The attacker fled the train when it halted at a station on the outskirts of Wuerzburg. Herrmann said the man had tried to attack police when he was confronted and had been shot dead.