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Axe attack on German train is claimed by Islamic State

By Peter Yeung

Published 20/07/2016

Rescuers gather on a road near rail tracks in Wurzburg, southern Germany where the attack occurred
Rescuers gather on a road near rail tracks in Wurzburg, southern Germany where the attack occurred

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an axe attack on a train in Germany, describing the 17-year-old Afghan refugee who assaulted several passengers as an “Isis soldier”.

Amaq, the media arm of Isis, citing an inside source, said: “The individual who carried out the axe attack in Germany was a soldier of the Islamic State who executed the operation in response to calls to target nations in the coalition fighting the Islamic State.”

Police found a “hand-painted Isis flag” in the room of the young man who was later shot dead by police, the government said.

About 20 people were injured, including two who are in a life-threatening condition, during the attack on a train close to the city of Wurzburg in Bavaria on Monday night. Police said 25-30 passengers had been on the Treuchtlingen to Warzburg train.

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