The Islamic State or ISIS has claimed responsibility for the gruesome ax attack on a German passenger train on Monday evening. Two victims remain in critical condition after the 17-year-old Afghan refugee attacked several passengers on the train in southern Germany. Police shot and killed the teen when he ran towards officers.
The Bavarian Interior Ministry confirmed on Monday that a 17-year-old Afghan refugee shouted “Allahu Akbar” before carrying out the gruesome terrorist attack. At least four people were seriously injured in the horrifying attack and 14 others were treated for shock and minor injuries.
ISIS claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the attack according to its online Amaq news agency. German investigators said there is no evidence that the attacker had broader Islamist ties. On the SITE Intelligence Group website, an Islamic State spokesperson described the teen as a “soldier.”
“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 said.
During a news conference on Tuesday, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the attacker had a hand-drawn Islamic State flag in his room and a text indicating “he had recently radicalized himself.” The incident is the first major terrorist attack in Germany by Islamic terrorists in recent years, although security officials claim to have thwarted a large number of plots.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in recent years there have been several attacks carried out using a hatchet on American soil. In February, a man wielding a machete stormed a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio injured 4 people before he was killed by police. In 2014, a New York City police officer was attacked in broad-daylight by a hatchet wielding self-radicalized Islamist in what NYC officials described as a terrorist attack.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."