Four members of one Hong Kong family have been injured, two critically, in an attack on a train in Wuerzberg, southern Germany.
The attacker was shot dead by police as he attempted to flee the scene.
The family – a married couple, their two children and their daughter’s boyfriend, boarded the train in Treuchtlingen and were attacked as the train neared Wuerzberg. The couple’s 17-year-old son avoided injury, however the other two men sustained severe injuries whilst trying to protect their family. The two women were also wounded, however their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
The motive for the attack is not yet confirmed however the attacker, a teenage Afghan refugee, reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) before launching the assault at approximately 9.15pm German time on Monday.
Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung has condemned the attack. Immigration officials from Hong Kong will now accompany family members to Germany to be with their loved ones.
The attack comes just days after 84 people were killed and many others injured when a truck ploughed through crowds gathered to celecrate Bastille Day in Nice, France. Countries across Europe remain on high alert as fears of further threats grow.