A hand-painted flag of the Islamic State group [ISIS] has been discovered among other items belonging to the Afghan teen who attacked four persons on a train in Germany. Interior Minister of the southern state of Bavaria confirmed the report during a chat with German television.
“The flag was found in the room of the man who seriously wounded four people and injured several others on a regional train in the city of Wuerzburg,” the minister, Joachim Herrmann, said on ZDF public television.
The 17-year-old refugee was said to have wielded an axe and a knife during the bloody attack.
Though no victim of the ISIS-inspired terror attack died, the teenager was shot dead by police as he tried fleeing from the scene. Three people sustained serious injuries while one was lucky to have escaped with minor cuts.
“It is quite probable that this was an Islamist attack,” said a ministry spokesman, considering that the axe-man had shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest).
A report quotes an eyewitness who lives next to the railway station, as telling DPA news agency that “the train, which had been carrying around 25 people, looked ‘like a slaughterhouse’ with blood covering the floor”.
The unnamed man said he saw people crawl from the carriage and ask for a first-aid kit while other wounded victims lay on the floor inside bleeding.
“The perpetrator was able to leave the train, police left in pursuit and as part of this pursuit, they shot the attacker and killed him,” a police spokesman said.