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At Least 10 Injured After Axe Attack on German Train

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A man wielding an axe and a knife attacked passengers passengers on a train near Würzburg, Germany on Monday, police said.

Three passengers sustained serious injuries, and between 10 and 20 passengers sustained light injuries, NBC News reports. A SWAT-style team shot the attacker to death as he fled the scene, according to police.

Bavaria’s interior minister Joachim Herrmann identified the attacker as a 17-year-old Afghan man in an interview on German television. The man apparently lived in nearby Ochsenfurt “for some time,” and it’s unclear exactly where he boarded the train. The police team that brought him down happened to be nearby responding to an unrelated incident.

Police do not yet know what motive may have driven the attacker, and say it’s too early to determine if he the incident was motivated by terrorism. The news comes only four days after a man driving a truck plowed through a crowd in Nice, France, killing dozens.

[NBC News]

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