As reported earlier this evening, an underage Afghan immigrant inexplicably ran amok on a train in Bavaria, attacking a number of fellow passengers with an axe and a knife. After the train stopped he ran away, and was eventually shot dead by police.
The following account aired on ARD, the German public broadcaster, while the news was still breaking. Many thanks to Egri Nök for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below is a more detailed report on the incident from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, also translated by Egri Nök:
Police shoots perpetrator after attack on train
Near Würzburg, a man with an axe and a knife attacked several travellers in a train and wounded them critically. According to the Bavarian Interior Ministry, the attacker is a 17-year-old Afghan.
[Photo caption: Police forces at the commuter train in Würzburg. After the attack on passengers, the attacker was shot by police]
On a commuter train near Würzburg, a man attacked several commuters and wounded three of them critically. He subsequently was shot by police. This was confirmed by a spokesman for the Bavarian Interior Ministry late Monday evening in Munich. Another person was lightly injured, a police spokesman said. A further fourteen affected people who had been in the train remained uninjured, according to his account.
A spokesman the Bavarian Interior Ministry said that the attacker was a 17-year-old Afghan citizen. In an interview with Bayerischer Rundfunk [Bavarian Radio], Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann confirmed the information regarding the underage attacker. Relying on eyewitnesses, the police were starting from the premise of a lone perpetrator, said Herrmann. He had come to Germany without parents, had been living for a while in the parish of Würzburg, in an institution in Ochsenfurt. Most recently, he had been living with a foster family.
Answering the question whether there was the possibility of an Islamist background, Herrmann said there had allegedly been “a yell”.
“According to my information there is an account reporting a cry of ‘Allahu Akbar’”, the Interior Minister said in the Nachtmagazin [Night Magazine] of ARD [public TV]. This needed to be verified. “Apart from that, according to my information, the passengers on the train did not note any specific Islamist background or anything like that,” Herrmann said. The investigations into the milieu of the perpetrator should be decisive, in his view.
[Photo caption: Attack on the train: a man critically injured several people near Würzburg]
As the police reported Monday evening in Würzburg, the perpetrator attacked the commuters with an axe and a knife. The train was stopped between stations in Heidingsfeld, where the perpetrator fled from the train and shortly thereafter was shot by police. A special forces detachment had coincidentally been nearby and could immediately begin pursuing the fleeing perpetrator.
The train had been on its way from Treuchtlingen to Würzburg. Railway traffic between Würzburg and Ansbach is suspended, Deutsche Bahn report. According to “Main Post”, substitute busses have been running between Ochsenfurt and the main train station in Würzburg since 10:30 pm.
|00:00||Ladies and Gentlemen, we return to Franconia, where a bloody berserker attack occurred.|
|00:05||We reported earlier in this show. According to the police, a man attacked|
|00:09||several people on a commuter train with cutting and stabbing weapons.|
|00:12||The number of victims has been corrected: three are gravely injured,|
|00:18||one victim injured lightly. Fourteen people are in shock.|
|00:21||The train was on its way from Treuchtlingen to Würzburg, and|
|00:25||the Bavarian Minister of Interior, Joachim Herrmann, now joins me from Munich.|
|00:30||Good evening, Mr. Herrmann. — Good evening. — Mister Herrmann,|
|00:33||what do you know about the progression of events near Würzburg?|
|00:39||Shortly after 10pm I was briefed by the situation room of the Bavarian police.|
|00:43||In the meantime I have talked to the officers|
|00:47||who are conducting the operation in Ochsenfurt, in Heidingsfeld, and in Würzburg.|
|00:52||The state of investigation, as has been communicated to me right now,|
|00:57||is that the perpetrator is a 17-year-old Afghan,|
|01:02||who had been living for a short while in Ochsenfurt.|
|01:06||On this train,|
|01:11||in the leg between Ochsenfurt and Heidingsfeld, a suburb of Würzburg,|
|01:15||he suddenly attacked other passengers,|
|01:19||with an knife and with an axe, and, on the train,|
|01:23||and wounded several people gravely. We cannot rule out that|
|01:27||some of the gravely-wounded are in critical condition.|
|01:31||The train then was stopped in Heidingsfeld.|
|01:36||The perpetrator left the train there,|
|01:40||and moved through the town.|
|01:44||Rescue forces and police were alerted.|
|01:48||Coincidentally, for a different cause, special police forces|
|01:52||and a mobile force were present in Würzburg.|
|01:58||They were immediately sent there,|
|02:01||and then stopped the perpetrator in Heidingsfeld.|
|02:06||He then attacked the police officers|
|02:11||with the knife or the axe, and subsequently,|
|02:16||the officers opened fire, and shot the perpetrator.|
|02:21||That is the current state of investigation. — Mister Herrmann,|
|02:24||do we have any clue at this point regarding the motives|
|02:27||of this running amok?|
|02:31||No, at this point we don’t. The police are investigating the background.|
|02:35||How long the perpetrator has been a resident of Ochsenfurt,|
|02:40||What are the circumstances, what is known about this man.|
|02:45||Who was in his company recently?|
|02:50||All this is being investigated, and the police are working intensively.|
|02:56||Thank you for your information, and your time, Mister Herrmann.