Dusseldorf Train Station Ax Attack: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

At man armed with an ax attacked several people at the main train station in Dusseldorf, Germany, on Thursday, Bild reports.

Seven people were injured.

The suspect, a 36-year-old German resident from the “former Yugoslavia,” was arrested, police said in a statement.

It's all went crazy out side my hotel a crazy attack at #Düsseldorf train station not far from me pic.twitter.com/jzKYvs6oPy

— Tom (@GeordieTommy_) March 9, 2017

Police do not believe any of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries in the ax attack, but three of the victims was seriously injured. The attacker was also wounded while trying to escape, police said.

what's happen! Dusseldorf Hbf pic.twitter.com/oAsM4Q7qul

— なるるるる (@narurururu6) March 9, 2017

In a statement, police said the man attacked the victims “indiscriminately” with the ax during the “violent” attack, which began about 8:50 p.m. local time.

Police have not yet released a motive for the attack, but say they have not found any connections to terrorism.

“We are not using the words ‘rampage’ or ‘terror’,” a police spokesman told Reuters.

Police said they do not believe he has any links to any organizations and there is not thought to be any threat of a further attack.

This is a breaking story and will be updated. Here is what we know so far:

1. The Suspect Was Taken Into Custody After He Jumped From a Bridge

Two suspects were taken into custody at the train station, the German newspaper Bild reports.

His identity has not yet been released.

Sources told the newspaper the suspect jumped from a bridge to flee police before he was arrested. He was captured under the bridge and was seriously wounded during the escape attempt.

Earlier reports indicated there were multiple suspects taken into custody, but Bild reports it is not clear if anyone else was involved in the attack. Police said multiple people were detained as a precaution during the search of the train station.

2. The Suspect Has a History of Mental Health Problems, Police Say

German federal police said in a statement that the 36-year-old suspect, is from the “former Yugoslavia” and lives in Wuppertal, a German city in North Rhine-Westphalia.

He has a history of mental health issues, police said. In a press release, police said he has “obvious psychological problems.”

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

3. A Witness Said There Was ‘Blood Everywhere’

A video from the scene shows blood on the ground and emergency responders appearing to give treatment to a victim:

According to Bild, the suspect randomly attacked four or five people with the ax.

Gespenstisches Szenario am Hbf Düsseldorf. pic.twitter.com/l8w0vNz6BA

— Robert Stein (@RobertStein_MdL) March 9, 2017

The Rheinische Post reports a 13-year-old girl was among those injured. A witness told the newspaper he helped treat the girl’s wound and get her to her father.

alle Bahnen stoppen, viel Feuerwehr und Polizei am #Hauptbahnhof #Düsseldorf pic.twitter.com/Szb1tbjFKX

— Martin-S. Abel (@MSA_) March 9, 2017

The newspaper also reports a 20-year-old man suffered a head injury and was pulled onto a train by friends to escape the attacker.

A witness told Bild he was standing while waiting for the train and someone “jumped out with an ax,” hitting people. “There was blood everywhere,” the witness said in German.

4. Trains Were Not Stopping at the Station & Witnesses Reported a Large Police Presence

Passengers on trains tweeted that they were not stopping at the Dusseldorf station because of the incident.

Breaking: Man with axe chased by police in Dusseldorf. Station closed . I am in the train things look bad #police #terror

— Bruno Macedo ツ (@armindom) March 9, 2017

Stay away from #Dusseldorf train station crazy man with #axe on the lose .. :(

— Bruno Macedo ツ (@armindom) March 9, 2017

Train is not stopping in #Dusseldorf #police closed the station . #terror #germany

— Bruno Macedo ツ (@armindom) March 9, 2017

Witnesses said there was a large police presence at the station, and reported chaos when the attack occurred.

A police helicopter was circling above the station and witnesses said there were anti-terror police at the scene among the heavily armed officers.

The Bundespolizei, the German federal police, tweeted that special forces were at the scene.

5. German Authorities Have Been on High Alert After Multiple Terror Attacks, Including 1 by an Ax-Wielding Man

German authorities have been on high alert for possible terrorist activity in recent years after a series of deadly attacks in the country, including an attack by an ax-wielding man.

Five people were injured on July 18, 2016, when a man with an ax attacked passengers on a train in Wuerzburg in Southern Germany, according to the BBC.

The attacker, an asylum seeker from Pakistan named Muhammed Riyad, was fatally shot by police. Police said Riyad left behind a martyrdom video, which was distributed by ISIS. He claimed he was instructed by ISIS to use an ax in the attack.

ISIS has distributed materials to its followers instructing them to attack using whatever method available to them, whether it be with a gun, a knife, an ax or a vehicle.

In December, 12 people were killed and 48 were injured in an ISIS-inspired truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.

In July 2016, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive outside a wine bar in Ansbach. Twelve people were injured, but the bomber was the only person killed. He pledged allegiance to ISIS before the bombing, the first suicide attack in German history.

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