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Special police forces walk in the main train station in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on March 9, 2017 after several people have been injured in an attack with an axe. (David Young/AP)
Special police forces walk in the main train station in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on March 9, 2017 after several people have been injured in an attack with an axe. (David Young/AP)

Seven injured in axe attack at German train station; one arrested Add to ...

A man was arrested after injuring seven people with an axe at the main train station in Duesseldorf, Germany on Thursday in what appeared to be a random attack, police said.

Officers were alerted about an attack shortly before 9 p.m., prompting a large-scale police response.

“A person, probably armed with an axe, attacked people at random,” police said in a statement. Seven people were injured, three of them seriously. The statement said police are investigating whether the suspect attacked passengers on a commuter train as well.

The suspected attacker was arrested after jumping off an overpass near the train station, the statement said. The 36-year-old man, described as being from “the former Yugoslavia” and living in the nearby city of Wuppertal, suffered serious injuries and was being treated in a hospital.

“The suspect appears to have had psychological problems,” police said.

An axe was recovered and officers were searching the area in and around the station, which was closed for the investigation. Police withdrew an earlier report that a second person had been arrested, saying later that they were working on the assumption the man had acted alone.

German authorities have heightened security measures following a series of attacks in public places over the past year.

In one attack last July, a 17-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker travelling on a train near Wuerzburg injured five people with an axe and a knife before being shot dead by police. The attack was later claimed by the Islamic State group.

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