Germany Ax Attack: Facts About Teen Refugee Who Shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ Before Assault

Germany Ax Attack: Facts About Teen Refugee Who Shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ Before Assault
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On Monday evening, a 17-year-old Afghan refugee carried out an ax attack, targeting  20 passengers inside a train in the German city of Bavaria. Reports say that the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar,” an Arabic term for “God is greatest,” before committing the attack.


Bavaria police successfully neutralized the suspect on the spot. Fortunately, no one was killed from the attack, but at least three individuals were badly hurt. One was slightly injured from the incident, The Guardian reported.

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After passengers have alerted authorities about the attack, the train was stopped, leaving the suspect to flee from the scene on foot. But Bavaria police, which has been doing patrols in the Heidingsfeld district of Würzburg, pursued the fleeing suspect.

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Failed Attempt

The suspect initially tried to resist arrest and attempted to attack members of the unit using his ax and a knife, but his attempt remained futile. He was killed during the hot pursuit operation.

Germany, along with other European countries, has been a hot target of various terrorist groups in the last months, including ISIS. Just last week, a terrorist attack was carried out in the French city of Nice that claimed the lives of at least 84 individuals during the annual celebration of the St. Bastille Day.

But German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has appealed to the German people to keep their cool amid the attacks carried out across Europe and the world. The suspect is one of the 1.2 million refugees who  sought asylum in Germany from war-torn countries in the Middle East.

“The terrorists would like to carry their war into our cities and into our heads, to create a kind of permanent siege, to force their perverse logic of violence and hatred on us. We would do our best not to play along with this game,” Steinmeier was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

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