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Ax-wielding man shot dead after attacking, wounding passengers on German train: police

Posted at 4:32 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 18:32:25-04

WURZBURG, Germany — More than 20 people are being treated after a man with an ax went on a rampage aboard a German train, the BBC reports citing local media.

The incident happened in Heidingsfeld, a part of the city of Wurzburg in southern Germany.

Local German media reports that three people were seriously injured, one lightly injured and 14 went into shock. A police spokesman said the attacker was shot dead while fleeing the scene.

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrman told media that the suspect, whose name has not been released, was a 17-year-old Afghan boy who came to Germany as an unaccompanied refugee.

The train line between Wurzburg-Heidingsfeld and Ochsenfurt is closed, the BBC reports.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.