ISIS claims responsibility for Germany train attack

A firefighter stands at a road block in Wuerzburg, southern Germany, Monday evening July 18, 2016. A man attacked people in a train and injured more than a dozen. (AP)

ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on a train in Germany that injured at least five people.

The claim was posted on the group's Aamaq news agency on Tuesday.

A German top official says a 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker allegedly shouted "Allahu akbar" ("God is great") during an ax and knife attack on a train in southern Germany that injured five people.

Bavaria's interior minister Joachim Herrmann said Tuesday on public television that investigators raiding his room also found a hand-painted flag of the ISIS.

Herrmann told ZDF Television the attacker came to Germany two years ago as an unaccompanied minor, and applied for asylum in March. He lived in a home for teenage refugees until two weeks ago when he was placed with a foster family. He was shot and killed by police as he fled from the scene.

Herrmann said two victims - members of a Chinese tourist family - are in critical condition.

The motives of the teen, who has not been named as of yet, are unknown, the Bavarian interior minister said.

The DPA news agency reported that Wuerzburg police said Monday that the man attacked passengers with “blunt and slashing” weapons and 3 were critically wounded. 14 passengers were being treated for shock while another was lightly injured. 

(With Reuters)

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