16:59 GMT02 August 2021
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    The German train attacker who injured passengers with an axe on Monday left a suicide note, according to investigators.

    "Pray for me that I can take revenge on these infidels and pray for me that I will go to heaven," reads the note, left in the attacker's home.

    The suspect, identified as a 17-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker, struck people with an axe onboard a train near the Germany city of Wuerzburg. Authorities say he shouted "Allahu akbar" throughout the rampage, an Arabic phrase meaning "God is great." He was shot dead by police.

    German emergency services workers work in the area where a man with an axe attacked passengers on a train near the city of Wuerzburg, Germany early July 19, 2016
    © REUTERS / Kai Pfaffenbach
    German emergency services workers work in the area where a man with an axe attacked passengers on a train near the city of Wuerzburg, Germany early July 19, 2016

    Police found the suicide note in a notebook in the attacker's home, along with a Daesh flag.

    German prosecutors claim that the attack may have been in response to learning of a friend's death in Afghanistan over the weekend.

    Investigators are also investigating a video that appears to show the suspect brandishing a knife and vowing to use it to avenge those killed in Muslim countries. The authenticity of this video has not yet been verified, however.

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