7 Injured in Axe Attack at Dusseldorf Train Station

Staff members are pictured inside Dusseldorf train station after the attack Thursday. (Reuters/Petra Wischgoll)

A man was arrested after injuring seven people with an axe at the main train station in Duesseldorf, Germany, in what appeared to be a random attack, police said Thursday.

Officers were alerted about an attack shortly before 9 p.m. (2000 GMT), prompting a large-scale police response.

“A person, probably armed with an axe, attacked people at random,” police said in a statement. Seven people were injured, three of them seriously, they said.

Empty platforms at Dusseldorf train station after the attack Thursday. (Reuters/Joern Poltz)

The suspected attacker was arrested after jumping off an overpass near the train station, the statement said. The 36-year-old man, described as being from “the former Yugoslavia” and living in the nearby city of Wuppertal, suffered serious injuries and was being treated in a hospital.

“The suspect appears to have had psychological problems,” police said.

An axe was recovered and officers were searching the area in and around the station, which was closed for the investigation. Police withdrew an earlier report that a second person had been arrested, saying later that they were working on the assumption the man had acted alone.

Updated Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:25 pm .