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Five injured as axeman goes on rampage in Germany

By Staff Reporter

A man who was reported to have been wielding an axe has been arrested after five people - including a 13-year-old girl - were injured at a train station in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The attacks happened at approximately 9pm local time.

The man arrested was also injured, spokeswoman for Dusseldorf police Anja Kynast said. She was unable to say how serious any of the injuries were.

Earlier, a spokesman for federal police, usually in charge of policing train stations, said two people were arrested and further attackers might be on the run.

Ms Kynast said officers were searching Dusseldorf station and its surroundings, but did not have concrete information about further attackers.

German newspaper Der Spiegel reported that the perpetrator first attacked two people in a suburban train. He then disembarked at the main station, where he hacked at other people on the platform.

Police have not yet identified the suspect, nor have they offered any motive for the attack.

The building was closed and cordoned off and trains were diverted after the incident.

Heavily armed special forces arrived at the scene as the train station was being evacuated by police.

A helicopter circled over the building in the inner city rail terminal.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing injured travellers being carried out of the station to be ferried by ambulances to nearby hospitals.

Graphic smartphone video shot at the scene and shared on social media showed injured people lying on the bloodstained station concourse as they were being treated for their wounds by paramedics.

Police said none of the victims were in a life-threatening condition.

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