An Afghan refugee who went on an ax rampage on a German train had only been living with his foster family for two weeks and may have been self radicalized after he was found to have made an ISIS flag.
The 17-year-old attacker was gunned down by armed police after fleeing the scene near the city of Wurzburg, 70 miles north of Nuremberg last night.
He shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ during the incident and the terror group have claimed that he was an ‘Islamic State fighter’, making it the first ISIS attack in Germany.
As many as 19 passengers needed hospital treatment while two victims are fighting for their lives after being attacked with ‘cutting and stabbing weapons’.
An eyewitness said the train, which had been carrying around 25 people, looked ‘like a slaughterhouse’ after the attack, with blood covering the floor.
Now it has been revealed that police searching the home where he had been living had found an home-made ISIS flag and a note indicating that he had become self-radicalized.
The flag and the note are believed to have been discovered in the house he was living in with a foster family. He had only been staying there a fortnight.
Bavarian interior minister Joachim Hermann said that the teenager came to Germany two years ago as an unaccompanied minor, and applied for asylum in March.
He lived in a home for teenage refugees until he was placed with the foster family.
The case is likely to deepen worries about so-called ‘lone wolf’ attacks in Europe and could put political pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has welcomed hundreds of thousands of migrants to Germany over the past year.
Meanwhile, the Amaq news agency linked to ISIS released a statement saying the Germany attacker was an ‘Islamic State fighter.’
It said: ‘The perpetrator of the stabbing attack in Germany was one of the fighters of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in answer to the calls to target the countries of the coalition fighting the Islamic State.’
It was also confirmed that two of those caught up in the attack were in a critical condition and that a Chinese family were among the injured.
Meanwhile an eyewitness, who declined to give his name, said he saw people crawl from the carriage and ask for a first-aid kit as other victims lay on the floor inside.
The onslaught started on the train from Treuchtlingen to Würzburg as the service stopped at Würzburg-Heidingsfeld.
As well as the two critically injured victims, one other passenger is believed to have non life-threatening injuries while 14 others suffered minor injuries or shock.
The attacker was eventually shot dead by police after running from the train.
Mr Herrmann earlier said the perpetrator was a 17-year-old Afghan who had lived in nearby Ochsenfurt. He has not yet been named.
‘It is quite probable that this was an Islamist attack,’ said a ministry spokesman, adding that the attacker had shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is greatest).
A police spokesman added: ‘Shortly after arriving at Wuerzburg, a man attacked passengers with an axe and a knife.
‘Three people have been seriously injured and several others lightly injured.’
He added: ‘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.’
There were no further details on the circumstances of the teenager’s death, and police declined to suggest what the motive was for the attack.
‘At this time everything is possible,’ the spokesman said.
Train services had come to a halt between Wurzburg-Heidingsfeld and Ochsenfurt and a police helicopter circled the area.
The Bavarian interior ministry confirmed that police had shot and killed the attacker and a special task force has been dispatched from Wurzburg. Police believe the attacker worked alone.
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.