What we know on Tuesday:
—A 17-year Afghan asylum-seeker, armed with an axe and a knife, attacked a passenger train in central Germany, injuring four people. He was shot by police and killed on the scene.
—The Islamic State claimed responsibility, but a senior Bavarian official said it appears the suspect acted alone.
—We’re live-blogging the major updates. All updates are in Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4).
10:25 a.m. Tuesday
A video reportedly released by the Islamic State on Tuesday appears to show the person who authorities say is responsible for the attack. In it, he speaks to the camera with a knife in his hand.
Prosecutors now say that two of the victims in Monday’s attack are suffering from “acute life-threatening” wounds.
7:12 a.m. Tuesday
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency. SITE, the terrorism-monitoring center, pointed out that Amaq said the attack was carried out by an ISIS “soldier,” language similar to what it used to claim the attack last week in Nice, France.
Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, speaking on television, said a hand-painted ISIS flag was found in the room of the 17-year-old who carried out Monday’s attack. He said the suspect had lived in Wuerzburg since March, in a home for minors who had traveled alone to Germany to seek asylum. Here’s more via Deutsche Welle:
Herrmann had earlier said investigators were following every lead to determine the teenager's motive and it was too early to say whether he had an Islamist background. So far, it was understood that he had acted alone.
The teenager, Herrmann said in another TV interview, had boarded the train in Ochsenfurt, where he was living with a foster family. Here’s more:
"He suddenly attacked passengers with a knife and an axe, critically injuring several. Some of them may now be fighting for their lives."
The Afghan national reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is great," before launching the attack, wielding a knife and axe.
"The perpetrator was able to leave the train, police left in pursuit and as part of this pursuit, they shot the attacker and killed him," a police spokesman said. On Tuesday, Herrmann added that a police special unit happened to be in the area and was able to respond to the incident quickly.
Herrmann said four people—all members of the same family from Hong Kong—were injured in the attack. Two of them were in critical condition.