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German police believe Duesseldorf axe attacker was mentally ill
March 10, 2017 / 10:22 AM / 9 months ago

German police believe Duesseldorf axe attacker was mentally ill

BERLIN (Reuters) - German police said on Friday they believed an axe-wielding man who injured nine people, some of them seriously, at Duesseldorf’s central train station was mentally ill.

Police guard the entrance of the Duesseldorf main train station March 9, 2017 after a man attacked several people at the train station. REUTERS/Petra Wischgoll

The 36-year-old male suspect, who is from Kosovo and lives in the western German city of Wuppertal, fled the station after Thursday’s attack and then jumped off a nearby bridge, seriously injuring himself. He has been arrested and is in hospital.

Police said they believed he acted alone. They said the seriously injured victims were in a stable condition.

A police spokesman said late on Thursday that police were not describing the attack as a “rampage” or “terror”.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Gareth Jones

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