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Attacker who slashed passengers on train in Germany shot dead by police

The scene of the attack in Germany (Image via Twitter/@LastGoodNerve1)
The scene of the attack in Germany (Image via [email protected])

Police have shot dead a man who injured multiple people on a train in southern Germany, with what media reports said was an axe.

The dpa news agency reported that Wurzburg police said the man attacked passengers on a regional train in Bavaria with "blunt and slashing" weapons and several people possibly had life-threatening injuries.

They would not comment on the German media reports that the man had attacked passengers with an axe.

The Bavarian interior ministry confirmed that police had shot and killed the attacker.

Local media in the region of Wurzburg, a city in central Germany, have said that a huge number people were injured in the attack.

Initial reports suggested that 21 were injured by the attacker, though that number is now thought to be 18.

Wurzburg police said on their Facebook page that three of the victims suffered serious injuries and one was slightly injured.

Another 14 people were being treated for shock.

Police said there was not yet any information on the motive behind the attack, nor details on the identity of the attacker.

The train was on its way from the Bavarian town of Treuchtlingen to Wurzburg, which is about 60 miles north-west of Nuremberg.