Heroes tackled crazed terrorist

Top News | Phoenix Un and agencies 20 Jul 2016

Two Hong Kong men were left critically injured after battling an Afghan teenager armed with an ax and a knife as they tried to save other family members during a horrific attack on a passenger train in southern Germany.

The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for the attack - its first in Germany - which was carried out on a local train running between the Bavarian towns of Treuchtlingen and Wuerzburg at about 9.15pm on Monday.

The attacker was 17-year-old Afghan refugee Mohammad Riyadh, who was shot dead soon after as he tried to flee.

Riyadh, supposedly seeking asylum in Germany, had shouted "Allahu akbar" (Allah is greatest) during the attack.

The badly injured Hong Kong men are 62-year-old named Yau and his daughter's engineer boyfriend, Edmund Au Yeung Chi-kin, 31.

They suffered ghastly wounds mostly on their backs, hands and heads.

Yau's 58-year-old wife and their 27-year-old daughter, Tracy Yau Hiu- tung, were also severely wounded but were not in life-threatening conditions. Their son, Yau Chak-ming, 17, escaped unharmed.

About 14 people were said to be in shock and needing treatment after the train made an emergency stop short of Wuerzburg-Heidingsfeld station. That was where Riyadh jumped from the train. Police shot and killed him during a chase.

An eyewitness who lives next to the station said the train, which had been carrying around 25 people, "looked like a slaughterhouse"with blood covering the floor.

German authorities later had found a hand-painted Islamic State flag among his belongings, and an IS-linked news agency later released a two-minute video of Riyadh declaring: "I am a soldier of the caliphate and will carry out a suicide attack in Germany."

Meanwhile, Yau and Au Yeung were rushed for emergency surgery to the University Hospital of Wuerzburg. The mother and her daughter were sent to other nearby hospitals.

The uninjured Yau Chak-ming recalled that the Afghan seemed to attack them randomly, and his mother and sister were his first victims.

His father and Au Yeung jumped in to fight the attacker and suffered ax and knife wounds.

Other passengers, mostly women and children, were unable to help, added Yau, a student of Munsang College in Kowloon City.

He phoned his elder sister, Sylvia, in Hong Kong for help, and her husband called the Immigration Department.

Sylvia Yau along with her husband and two other family members flew to Germany last night along with four immigration officers.

Before going to Germany, the Yau family had been to Britain to meet the parents of another daughter's fiance.

And from Germany they had planned to return to Britain to attend that daughter's wedding.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying condemned the attack and extended sympathies to the victims and their families - the first Hong Kong victims of the spate of terrorist strikes in Europe.

Kenneth Tong King-hin, a senior immigration officer, said the group heading to Germany would visit the victims and render "practical assistance" based on the needs of the family.

Joachim Herrmann, Bavaria's interior minister, said Riyadh had arrived in Germany as an unaccompanied minor more than 12 months ago and sought asylum at the beginning of this year.

He had lived at first in a shelter and then moved two weeks ago to a foster family in Ochsenfurt, which is not far from the scene of the attack.

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