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Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 22:41

4 from HK injured in German train attack

By chinadailyasia.com & Agencies

4 from HK injured in German train attack
In this image taken from video police officer look on as the body of a 17-years-old attacker is carried to a hearse in Wuerzburg, southern Germany , July 19, 2016. (News5 via AP)

BERLIN - A 17-year-old Afghan migrant armed with an ax and a knife attacked passengers aboard a regional train in southern Germany on Monday night, injuring four people from Hong Kong before he was shot and killed by police as he fled, authorities said.

Islamic State claimed responsibility, according to its online Amaq news agency. "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," the statement reads.

Hong Kong's top official, Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying, condemned the attack and extended his sympathies to the victims and their families.

A statement from his office said that representatives from Hong Kong's office in Berlin were visiting the injured Hong Kong residents.

Wuerzburg police said on their Facebook page that three of the victims suffered serious injuries and one was slightly injured. Another 14 people were being treated for shock.

German officials did not identify the victims, but Hong Kong's immigration department said in a statement Tuesday that among those injured in the attack were four members of a family of five from the southern Chinese city. The department said it is working to provide assistance to the family but did give not give details of their injuries.

4 from HK injured in German train attack

A source told China Daily in Hong Kong that the father was 62, the mother 58, the daughter in her twenties and the son 17. Accompanying the family was the daughter's 31-year-old boyfriend who was severely injured in the attack as was the 62-year-old man.

Hong Kong's Immigration Department said the victims are suffering from injuries mainly to their heads, necks, hands and abdomens.

The department has deployed four officers to Germany to assist the family.

Dpa reported that the father and the boyfriend had tried to defend the other family members. The attacker also injured a woman outside the train as he fled.

Witnesses said the interior of the train was covered with blood and looked "like a slaughterhouse," the German news agency dpa reported. About 30 passengers were on the train at the time; more than a dozen were treated for shock.

On Tuesday morning, officers could be seen removing the attacker's body from the scene.

4 from HK injured in German train attack
Police officers stand beside a train in Wuerzburg, southern Germany, July 18, 2016, after a 17-year-old Afghan armed with an ax and a knife attacked passengers aboard a regional train in southern Germany on Monday night, injuring four people b efore he was shot and killed by police as he fled. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / dpa via AP)

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