Nine injured in axe attack at Dusseldorf train station

A man attacked two people on a train before 'running amok' on the platform

Nine injured in axe attack at Dusseldorf train station

File photo. Picture by: Martin Meissner/AP/Press Association Images

A man has been arrested following an axe attack at a train station in Dusseldorf last night.

Nine people were injured, one critically, in the attack which happened at around 9pm last night. 

A man from the former Yugoslavia, who is believed to suffer from mental health problems, has been arrested.

Police have stressed there are no indications of any extremist or terrorist motivation behind the attack.

Irish Times Berlin correspondent Derek Scally spoke to Newstalk Breakfast about what happened.

"A 36-year-old man burst out of a local train wielding an axe," he explained. "He had already attacked two people on the train.

"On the platform, he ran amok injuring passengers. He ran several metres across several tracks, jumped from a bridge down several metres, injured himself, broke several bones and was taken into custody."

The suspect is receiving treatment for broken bones.

Dusseldorf mayor Thomas Geisel said "our thoughts are with the victims" of the attack.