Details are still unclear, but at least one man has gone on a rampage at Germany's Duesseldorf train station striking people with an axe. At least five people are injured. There are conflicting reports of two arrests and others on the run.
Update (Hat tip Egri,Vlad Tepes and Gates of Vienna) Here is an update on the attack with a translation via Vlad Tepes and Gates of Vienna;
Axe-Attack at Düsseldorf Main Train Station
Person running amok allegedly 36 year old from Wuppertal
Düsseldorf. A man armed with an axe has injured seven people at the Düsseldorf main train station on thursday evening. According to information that our editorial staff have a 13 year old girl is among the injured. The alleged attacker was arrested. By Arne Lieb, Stefani Geilhausen, Klas Libuda, H. Pawlitzki
According to police, it is a 36 year old man from former Yugoslavia, living in Wuppertal. He is said to suffer from mental illness. The man attacked passengers with an axe at Düsseldorf train station around 8.50 PM. Seven were injured, three of them gravely. One of the injured suffered a skull fracture.
Police and Firefighters were out in force, special forces (SEK) were at the scene, too. The main train station was cordoned off. Police calls the act a rampage. There are no clues yet to a terroristic background.
The alleged attacker was arrested shortly after the attack in the close vicinity of the train station. He had fled over the tracks out of the train station and jumped from a railway bridge into the underpass Ellerstraße. In doing so, he was wounded gravely and is currently receiving treatment under police supervision.
Initially, the officers could not rule out that there could be another perpetrator. A police helicopter circled over Düsseldorf. But there hadn’t been concrete clues to a second perpetrator at any time. Police held several suspicious persons at the train station in temporary custody to screen them. “At the moment, there does not appear to be a second perpetrator”, police speaker Markus Niesczery said in the late evening.
Mayor Thomas Geisel arrived at the train station to get an overview of the situation and to thank the rescue forces. Police president Norbert Wesseler too arrived at the train station late in the evening. The train station remained closed until approximately 0.30 (CET). Then all tracks, except 13 and 14, were opened again. The forensics had not yet finished there. A cleaning squad came to clean the train station from the visible traces of the attack.
Eye witness tells of the consequences of the attack
A young woman, who entered a commuting train to Mettmann, reported of a 13 year old girl injured by the axe. The witness described the gaping wound on her upper arm as if someone had chopped with an axe into a tree. “I attended her wound and called her parents”, the woman reports. Luckily, there was a doctor’s kit on the train with which the victim could be provided medical help.
A man in his late 20s was dragged into the train by his friend, apparently unconscious, the witness continues. He was injured in the head, but became responsive again later. Immediately, several passengers looked after the man on the train. The train had stopped, everywhere were special force policemen.
The conductor had closed the train doors, the witness reports. Some passengers demanded to leave the train. But as the doors could not be opened individually, everyone had to stay on board the train. Only when Federal Police came, the conductor opened the doors. He said: “You are now safe, the police is standing on the track”. The pas
The conductor had closed the train doors, the witness reports. Some passengers demanded to leave the train. But as the doors could not be opened individually, everyone had to stay on board the train. Only when Federal Police came, the conductor opened the doors. He said: “You are now safe, the police is standing on the track”.