A 17-year-old Afghan on board a German train has apparently gone nuts and attacked passengers with an axe while yelling, "Allahu akbar!"
A teenage Afghan refugee shouted 'Allahu Akbar' before hacking at passengers during an axe rampage on a train in Germany - in scenes likened to a 'slaughterhouse'.
The 17-year-old was gunned down by armed police after fleeing from the scene near the city of Wurzburg, 70 miles north of Nuremberg in southern Germany.
As many as 19 passengers needed hospital treatment while three victims are fighting for their lives after being attacked with 'cutting and stabbing weapons'. Officials have said it was 'probably' an Islamist attack.
The train was reportedly "soaked in blood" after the attack. What boggles my mind is how the kid could have wounded so many people. Wouldn't the passengers have ganged up on him and tackled him immediately? Or could it be that docile Germans have no "9/11 reflex" that comes into play in such situations? Americans in a similar crisis, remembering what happened aboard United Flight 93 in 2001, would never tolerate such an outrage and would attack the attacker en masse. Or so I'd like to believe, anyway. Many of us Yanks have spent the intervening years trying to forget instead of trying to learn.
NB: For those of you who don't get the "double pits to chesty" reference, it's from a commercial for Axe deodorant spray. See here.