Düsseldorf main train station sealed off after violent ax attack

Police have sealed off the main train station in Dusseldorf following reports of at least one man and possibly two attacking commuters with an axe.

Armed police have arrested two people following the axe attack.

Up to five people were understood to have been injured in the attack but, as of yet, there are no details about the extent of their injuries. The suspect had tried to escape by jumping down from one level to another inside the station, police said.

But local authorities believe the man, who has been arrest, has mental problems.

There are conflicting reports as to whether police are searching for other suspects.

Police said there was no indication of a terrorist motive behind the attack. The train station remains closed and trains have been diverted.

A station attendant was quoted by the German magazine Bild, as saying: "We were standing on the track, waiting for the train. The train came, and suddenly someone jumped out with an ax, hit the people...there was blood everywhere".

Witness Bruno Macedo tweeted: "Man with axe chased by police in Dusseldorf".

He said police were investigating whether more attackers had been involved but had no indication of that. They said the seriously injured victims were in a stable condition.

  • Leroy Wright