An axe-wielding 17-year old attacked several people on a train in southern Germany late Monday evening wounding scores, CNN reports.
According to the police spokesman, four passengers attacked are in serious condition with one currently battling life-threatening injuries. The injured were from a family of five relatives traveling together.
About 14 to 25 people were treated for shock on the scene. The total number of wounded was still unclear as at the time of this report.
The assailant, armed with a knife and an axe, was identified as a 17-year-old Afghan man living in Ochsenfurt, Bavaria.
The attacker was taken in two weeks ago by a foster family.
After the initial incident, the train’s emergency brakes were deployed and the attacker was said to have fled into a nearby town.
Police chased the attacker and then met him very close to the river where they confronted him.
The teen was reported to have been aggressive and tried to attack cops with his axe before they opened fire and killed him.
However, The Islamic State on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the terrorist group’s news agency.
CNN reports that a hand-drawn flag resembling the one used by ISIS was found in the attacker’s room, and said that he shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, according to initial distress calls.