Germany: 1 Killed, 3 Injured in Knife Attack by Man Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ at Train Station; Suspect Arrested


One man was killed and three people injured in a knife attack at a train station in southern Germany Tuesday morning, the Bavarian Criminal Office said.

Police have arrested a 27-year-old German man in connection with the attack, a police spokesman said, adding that a political motive could not be ruled out.

The attack happened shortly before 5 a.m. local time (11 p.m. ET Monday) in Grafing, 23 miles (37 kilometers) east of Munich, officials said.

The dead man, a 50-year-old, was inside a train bound for Munich when he was stabbed, police said. He later died at a hospital.

Three other men were injured, one of them seriously. Officials gave the injured men’s ages as 58, 55 and 43.

Police arrested the suspect near the station shortly after the attacks, said a police spokesman. A knife with a 10-centimeter (4-inch) blade was recovered, he said.

The suspect was believed to have a history of mental health problems, according to Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann.

Police are currently questioning commuters who witnessed the incident.

The scene of the attack was cordoned off as police carried out their investigation, but the station has since reopened.

Footage from the scene showed bloodied footprints leading out of a train carriage at the station, and small puddles of blood on the platform.

The Bavarian Criminal Office is leading the investigation.

SOURCE: Stephanie Halasz and Tim Hume