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Afghan refugee shot dead after attacking passengers on German train

(Last Updated On: July 19, 2016 8:46 am)

germanyA 17-year-old Afghan refugee was shot dead by German police after he launched an attack on a commuter train and injured at least four people using a knife and an axe.

The incident occurred on Monday night on a regional commuter train near the southern German city of Wurzburg, some 280 kilometers north-west of Munich.

German officials confirmed in a TV interview that the teenager had been staying with a foster family after traveling unaccompanied to Germany to seek asylum.

“The attacker appears to have been a 17-year-old Afghan who has been living in Ochsenfurt for some time,” Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Hermann said. “He suddenly attacked passengers with a knife and an axe, critically injuring several. Some of them may now be fighting for their lives.”

Reportedly he has shouted “Allahu Akbar” before launching the attack, wielding a knife and axe.

The motive of the attack was not immediately clear.

Germany welcomed roughly 1 million migrants in 2015, including thousands of unaccompanied minors. Many were fleeing war in countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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