Germany is trying to come to terms with another armed attack on a school. An 18-year-old man wielding an axe and two knives entered the school building in the Bavarian town of Ansbach and threw petrol bombs into classrooms. Two girls were seriously injured, while seven other students were lightly wounded.
The attacker was shot by police and is fighting for his life in hospital. Hundreds of pupils were safely evacuated to a nearby job centre. Police say they have no idea what motivated the attack, which lasted around fifteen minutes. One student described the aftermath of the ordeal, saying: “Lots of students were crying because they knew what was happening. We were evacuated and that is when we knew it was a maniac.” Police were on the scene within minutes, having learnt lessons from similar events in recent years. The most recent occurred in March, when 15 people were killed in a school shooting in Winnenden. The deadliest came in 2002 when a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Erfurt.