BAVARIA, Germany — An ax-wielding man who attacked and injured several people on a train in southern Germany has been shot dead by police, officials say.
The assailant, armed with a knife and an ax, was identified as a 17-year-old Afghan man living in Ochsenfurt, Bavaria, according to Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann.
Wuerzburg police said Monday that the man attacked passengers on a regional train in Bavaria with “blunt and slashing” weapons and several people possibly had life-threatening injuries, the German news agency DPA reported.
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, according to regional police spokesperson Lt. Fabian Hench.
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, officials said. The attacker’s motive is not yet known.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.