One man is in custody after launching an axe-rampage at the main train station in the western German city of Dusseldorf late Thursday. Dusseldorf is located just 50 miles from the Dutch border. The city houses one of the largest populations in the region. Police initially reported two arrests but later corrected the record, stating that only one suspect has been arrested. Railway traffic has been stopped until police conclude their investigation.
The man in custody was injured while trying to escape, according to police spokeswoman Anja Kynast.
At least seven victims were injured during the rampage. No fatalities have been reported.
According to NBC News, the suspect has only been described as “a 36-year-old man from the former Yugoslavia living in the nearby city of Wuppertal.” Police have suggested that the suspect “apparently has mental problems.” Based on preliminary findings, police believe he acted alone.
The motive is still unknown, but police are ruling out terrorism.
“Germany is on high alert for terror attacks,” notes the BBC. “Images shared on social media from the scene in Duesseldorf showed that the station had been cordoned off by police, and helicopters hovered overhead.”
Watch footage of the attack’s aftermath below:
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