BERLIN -- A 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker who shouted "Allahu akbar" ("God is great") during an ax and knife attack on a train, injuring at least five people, had a hand-painted flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in his room, a senior German security official said Tuesday.
The attacker attempted to flee, but was shot and killed by a special police unit which happened to be nearby.
"Even during the first emergency call, a witness said that the attacker was shouting 'Allahu akbar' on the train," Joachim Herrmann, Bavaria's interior minister, told ZDF Television. "Also, during the search of his room, a hand-painted IS flag was found."
Herrmann said that it was too early to draw conclusions about the attacker's motive.
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