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Ax-toting student wounds 9

AN 18-year-old student armed with an ax and Molotov cocktails wounded nine pupils at his high school in Germany yesterday, then was shot and arrested by police.

The teenager entered the Carolinum High School in the Bavarian town of Ansbach and threw two of the explosive devices, but they caused no major fires, fire service official Horst Settler said.

Police could not confirm media reports that the attacker had lobbed Molotov cocktails into a classroom.

Udo Dreher, head of police at the scene, said they responded to a 8:35am call that an attacker had set off two Molotov cocktails at the school. Police opened fire and wounded the attacker, who was then arrested.

All 700 students at the school were safely evacuated, said Nuremberg police spokeswoman Elke Schoenwald.

Prosecutor Gudrun Lehnberger said the 18-year-old male student is being held on suspicion of attempted murder.

Lehnberger said the initial investigation was concentrating on determining a motive for the attack, which came only three days after the school year started in Bavaria.

Dreher said all the injured were eighth-graders and included two girls who were seriously hurt. None of their injuries were life-threatening, he said.

The incident was the second attack on a school in Germany this year.

In March, 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer fatally shot 12 people at his former school in the southwestern town of Winnenden. He fled the building and killed three more people before turning the gun on himself.


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