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Afghan teenager attacks passengers in Germany

Jul 19, 2016, 2:52 AM EDT
Würzburg Central Station
(Source: Matthew Black/flickr)

Four passengers on a train in southern Germany were severely wounded after a 17-year-old Afghan refugee armed with an axe and a knife attacked them on Monday. A police taskforce gunned down the attacker, as he tried to flee from the carriage on foot in the Heidingsfeld district of Würzburg. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the motive of the attacker remained unclear while admitting that some of the witnesses suggested there may be an Islamic background to the assault.

Analysts say that the attacks across the border in France have developed a state of “nervousness” in Germany, writes the BBC. In May, Germany faced a similar attack after a man, who was shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great), killed a person and injured three others at a railway station near the city of Munich.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who welcomed about one million migrants in 2015, is likely to come under huge political pressure after Monday’s attack, reports Reuters. The attack, which comes within days after 84 people were killed in the southern French city of Nice, deepens the concerns about so-called “lone wolf” attacks in Europe.

Germany, which shelters about 1.2 million refugees, recently adopted a tough stance on migrants, announcing that it would deport Afghan asylum seekers whose applications are rejected, notes The Guardian