Several people have been injured in an axe attack at Dusseldorf’s main train station. A suspect has been arrested after the incident, which took place at about 9 pm on Thursday, a spokesman for the federal police said.

The suspect — described only as a 36-year-old man from the former Yugoslavia living in the nearby city of Wuppertal — was also injured while trying to escape, police said. They said he is believed to have acted alone and “apparently has mental problems.”We were at the track waiting for the train. The train arrived, and suddenly someone jumped out with an ax and struck at the people,” the national newspaper Bild quoted a witness as saying. “There was blood everywhere. I have never experienced anything like that.”

There were seven injuries including three men, a woman, and a 13-year-old girl, according to reports. Police said three suffered serious injuries and four were minor.The man arrested was also injured.

The current Foreign Office travel advice for Germany says: “There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in public places visited by foreigners.

“The German government has announced that increased security has been put in place as a precaution at public buildings, major events, transport hubs and large public gatherings.”

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