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Axe attack tops German news websites

The front pages of German news websites cover the axe attack in a train in Wuerzburg.

The knife and axe attack on a German train came too late for the country's print press, but the websites of the main newspapers have been following the story closely.

On Tuesday, several newspapers focus on reports that a hand-painted flag of the militant group Islamic State (IS) was found at the room of the attacker - a 17-year-old Afghan who was shot by police.

Four people were injured - two critically - in the assault in a regional train near the southern city of Wuerzburg.

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Image caption Tabloid Bild: "Axe attack near Wuerzburg: IS flag found at assassin's home"

German tabloid Bild highlighted reports that the teenage attacker was shouting "Allahu akbar", and quotes an eyewitness as saying that the scene of the attack resembled a "slaughterhouse".

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Image caption Die Welt daily: "Hand-painted IS flag found at home of Wuerzburg attacker"

The Die Welt daily had an image of the interior of the train after the attack, shot from the outside through a window.

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Image caption News magazine Spiegel: "Investigators find hand-painted IS flag at home of train attacker."

News magazine Der Spiegel carried a picture of shocked passengers being led away from the train. Elsewhere, it covered the outrage that greeted a tweet by prominent Green politician Renate Kuenast in which she questioned the police's decision to shoot the attacker.

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Image caption Sueddeutsche Zeitung headline: "Attack in regional train - Interior minister: hand-painted IS flag found at perpetrator's home."

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung ran a live page, which features a map showing the train's route when the attack happened. It also reported that the attacker lightly wounded a local resident after fleeing the scene on foot, adding that he got about 500 m (1,640ft) away from the train before being shot.

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