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Germany Axe Attack Attacker identified as 17-year-old Afghan, motive unclear

Herrmann declined to speculate about the motive for the attack.

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The axe-wielding man who attacked passengers on a train in southern Germany on Monday, critically injuring several people, was a 17-year-old Afghan refugee who was living in the town of Ochsenfurt, Bavaria's interior minister said.

Joachim Herrmann told public broadcaster ARD that the young man, who was later shot dead by police, appeared to have made his way to Germany as an unaccompanied minor.

Herrmann declined to speculate about the motive for the attack.

The motive of the attacker was unclear, a spokesman for the Bavarian Interior Ministry told Reuters.

German media quoted a Bavarian ministry official as saying that the attacker was a refugee.

Police spokesman said 10 - 15 people were severally wounded.

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