1 Dead in Knife Attack at German Train Station

Suspect injured 3 others; motive unclear
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 10, 2016 8:30 AM CDT
Police investigate the scene of a stabbing at a station in Grafing.   (Matthias Schrader)
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(Newser) – A German man was arrested after several people were stabbed at a train station in the "absolutely peaceful little Bavarian town" of Grafing, 20 miles east of Munich, early Tuesday. One 56-year-old victim died in a hospital and three men—aged 43, 55, and 58—were wounded. One reportedly had serious injuries. The assailant made "politically motivated comments" as he attacked at Grafing Bahnhof station, a rep for the Munich prosecutor's office tells the AP. He says his office is investigating witness reports that he yelled "Allahu akbar," Arabic for "God is great," though Bavaria's top security official says there is no indication so far that the suspect had an Islamic extremist motive. Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann says the 27-year-old German citizen apparently had psychological problems and drug issues.

"We have no information that he is a recent immigrant here or of that background, but we don't know for sure at the moment," he says, adding the man has a German-sounding name. The attack comes at a sensitive time in Germany after the influx of around 1.1 million migrants last year and growing concerns about how the country will deal with them, particularly in Bavaria, their usual state of entry. Police say the suspect, from the central state of Hesse, attacked several people with a four-inch knife shortly before 5am. The victim who died was attacked aboard the train. It isn't yet clear where the three wounded victims were assaulted. At the scene, police marked more than 40 bloody footprints—some of them barefoot—on the train platform and collected evidence, including a cellphone. "That it could happen here is absolutely stupefying," says Grafing's mayor. (Read more Germany stories.)

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