Seven people were injured, three severely, in an attack at a German train station where the attacker was wielding an ax.
In a Dusseldorf train station, the 36 year old male attacker started running through the crowd as he swung the ax. The attacker fled the scene and was caught after he had jumped off a nearby bridge and injured himself.
Witnesses described the scene as frightening as the attacker swung recklessly leaving bodies and blood all over the train platform.
A station attendant interviewed said: “We were standing on the track, waiting for the train. The train came, and suddenly someone jumped out with an ax, hit the people. There was blood everywhere.
As of this time, the suspect’s identity has not been revealed and authorities believe he acted alone.
The Telegraph reported:
The attack raised fears that terrorism had returned to Germany, less than three months after a lorry was driven into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group.
A German police spokesman said last night there were no indications the Dusseldorf attack was terrorism. “We are not using the words ‘rampage’ or ‘terror’,” the spokesman said.
The 36-year-old man, described by police as being from “the former Yugoslavia” and living in the nearby city of Wuppertal, suffered serious injuries and was being treated in a hospital.
“The suspect appears to have had psychological problems,” police said.
Police said an axe was recovered and officers were searching the area in and around the station, which was closed for the investigation.