Man held after knife attack at German station leaves one dead and three injured


A young German man has been arrested after one person was killed and three others injured in a knife attack at a railway station near Munich, authorities said.

Police quoted witnesses as saying the assailant made "politically motivated comments" during the stabbings. Some reports said he shouted "Allahu Akbar" - "God is great".

The 27-year-old suspect - a German who was not resident in Bavaria - attacked several people with a 4in (10cm) knife at Grafing Bahnhof, police said.

Police investigate the scene of a stabbing
Police investigate the scene of the stabbing (Matthias Schrader/AP)

The incident happened shortly before 5am local time (0300 GMT) at the station, which is about 20 miles (30km) east of Munich and near the end of one of the city's commuter railway lines.

At the scene, police forensic experts in white overalls marked more than 40 bloody footprints - some of them barefoot - on the platform with chalk numbers and collected evidence. This included a mobile phone that was pulled from the gap between the train and platform.

"We can say very little at the moment about the background" to the attack, said Karl-Heinz Segerer, a spokesman for Bavaria's state criminal police office.

"Witness questioning shows that there were politically motivated comments on the perpetrator's part" during the attack, he told n-tv television.

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Witness questioning has shown the 27-year-old suspect made "politically motivated comments" (Matthias Schrader/AP)

He didn't give details but said witnesses and the suspect will be pressed on what he said and to whom.

Bavaria's top security official, interior minister Joachim Herrmann, said officials will also look into whether the attacker was mentally disturbed.

Police and prosecutors said a 50-year-old man died from his injuries. The other victims were men aged 43, 55 and 58. They haven't yet been identified.

The mayor of the small Bavarian town says local people are deeply shaken by the crime.

restaurant with police tape infront
A restaurant outside the station in Grafing (Matthias Schrader/AP)

Angelika Obermayr said that "something like this is absolutely new and shakes people deeply - otherwise, they only know this kind of thing from television".

She added: "That it could happen here is absolutely stupefying."