German train attacker vowed revenge on 'infidels'

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German train attacker vowed revenge on 'infidels'

<p>The teenage Afghan teenager who carried out the axe-and-knife attack on a train in southern Germany left behind a letter and a video saying he sought to avenge the deaths of civilians in Muslim countries.</p> <p>The self-styled Islamic State, which said the 17-year-old attacker was one of its fighters, posted a video of him wielding a knife and saying he’ll use it to slaughter ‘infidels.’</p> <p>German authorities said the video and letter were <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-europe-attacks-germany-idUKKCN0ZY2LA">in all likelihood authentic</a>.</p> <p>Monday’s grim attack, and the profile of the young man believed to have self-radicalised recently, puts Chancellor Angela Merkel’s <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/teenage-afghan-refugee-attacking-german-train-passengers-possessed-islamic-state-flag/2016/07/19/90555e6c-4d4c-11e6-bf27-405106836f96_story.html">open-door policy back in the spotlight</a>.</p> <p>The assailant sought asylum in Germany after he entered the country last summer with a wave of migrants, said prosecutor Erik Ohlenschlager.</p> <p>“Until two weeks ago, he was living in a camp in Ochsenfurt, and was then transferred to a foster family,” he told reporters.</p> <p>Four Hong Kong citizens were seriously wounded in Monday’s attack. Two of them were in a critical condition. The assailant also injured a local woman as he fled the scene, before police shot him dead.</p> <p>Investigators found a handmade <span class="caps">ISIL</span> flag in his room. The boy had recently learned a friend of his had died in Afghanistan, the prosecutor said.</p>