ISIS Takes Credit for Axe Attack on German Train

ISIS Takes Credit for Axe Attack on German Train
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The Islamic State group has taken credit for an attack on a German train, in which a 17-year-old wielding an axe injured at least five people, the Associated Press reported. 

The teen's name has yet to be released, but authorities said he may have been "self-radicalized," as they found a hand-painted ISIS flag and notes written in Pashto during a search of his bedroom. The teen, a refugee from Afghanistan, lived with a foster family near Ochsenfurt in Southern Germany, the BBC reported.

"Even during the first emergency call, a witness said that the attacker was shouting 'Allahu akbar' on the train," Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said, according to the AP

Authorities search train tracks in Würzburg, Germany, following the axe attack on a train Monday night.
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The attack occurred Monday night near Würzburg-Heidingsfeld. The axeman reportedly left the train — which was carrying around 30 passengers at the time — looking "like a slaughterhouse," wounding four people onboard and one more as he ran off. An area hospital official told the AP it "was treating three patients with life-threatening injuries."

The suspect was shot and killed after attempting to attack police officers. In addition to an axe, he was also wielding a knife. Among those injured were three people visiting from Hong Kong, according to the BBC. 

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