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German train axe rampage leaves 15 people injured

By Cate McCurry

Published 19/07/2016

Up to 15 people have been injured as a man wielding an axe went on a terrifying rampage aboard a train in southern Germany.

The incident is understood to have taken place in Würzburg-Heidingsfeld.

The train line near the city of Wurzburg in the south of the country was closed last night as police flooded the area.

According to Bavaria's interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, the attacker was a 17-year-old Afghan citizen.

Initial reports said 15 people were injured and three were said to be seriously hurt.

The Bavarian Interior Ministry confirmed media reports that police had shot and killed the assailant.

According to broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, the man attacked passengers with 'cutting and stabbing weapons'.

The incident started on the 9pm train - which had 18 passengers on board - travelling from Treuchtlingen to Würzburg as it stopped at Würzburg-Heidingsfeld.

As well as the three critically injured victims, one other passenger is believed to have non life-threatening injuries, while others suffered minor injuries or shock.

Train services were brought to a halt between Wurzburg-Heidingsfeld and Ochsenfurt and a police helicopter was circling the area.

The rampage comes amid heightened security in Europe, days after 84 people were killed when a man who pledged allegiance to Isis rammed a truck into a crowd in Nice after the conclusion of a Bastille Day fireworks show.

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