Man with ax attacks train passengers

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  • The assailant was a 17-year-old Afghan man living in Germany, official says
  • Police shot and killed the attacker; four passengers are in serious condition
The assailant, armed with a knife and an ax, was identified as a 17-year-old Afghan man living in Ochsenfurt, Bavaria, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said.
The attack took place as the train was traveling between stations. The train made an emergency stop short of the station at Wurzburg-Heidingsfeld and the assailant jumped out of the train, Hench said.
Police hunted the man down with ground searchers and a helicopter, and he was killed, Hench said.
Four passengers who were attacked are in serious condition, with the total number of wounded unclear, according to the police spokesman.
The attacker’s motive is not yet known, Hench said.

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