A man has attacked more than 20 people with an axe after going on the rampage on a train in Germany, it has emerged.
The train line near the city of Wurzburg in southern Germany has been closed and police have descended on the scene after the attack. The suspect has been shot dead while up to 15 people are reported to have been injured – four of them critically.
Witnesses said that the attacker fled the scene after going on the rampage and was later shot by police marksmen.
But German news agency DPA said police would not comment on reports that the suspect had been gunned down. The onslaught started on the 9pm train from Treuchtlingen to Würzburg as it stopped at Würzburg-Heidingsfeld.
Train services have come to a halt between Wurzburg-Heidingsfeld and Ochsenfurt and a police helicopter is circling the area.