1 Dead, 3 Injured in German Knife Attack


A German man who officials said had drug and psychological problems stabbed to death one person and slashed three more in a bloody dawn attack at a railway station Tuesday.

Police arrested the 27-year-old after the apparently random assault around 5:00 am (0300 GMT) at the commuter railway station of the small town of Grafing, east of Munich.

One of the victims, a 56-year-old man, later died of his wounds in hospital. Authorities had earlier wrongly given his age as 50.

The others injured were men aged 43, 55 and 58. One of the victims was seriously hurt, the other two more lightly wounded.

Police and prosecutors initially said the attack appeared to be “politically motivated” and with an apparent Islamist motive after eye witnesses had reported hearing him scream “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest).

However, hours later, Bavaria state’s interior ministry said that “so far we have no evidence for an Islamist motive, but the investigation continues”.

“We have found the man had psychological and drug problems,” ministry spokesman Oliver Platzer told AFP.

Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that “from Berlin I don’t want to feed and evaluate speculation about the motive.”

Bavaria’s interior minister Joachim Herrmann said the attacker, named locally as Paul H., was a German national, as authorities said he hailed from central Hesse state and did not have a migrant background.

According to the German domestic intelligence agency, some 740 people have left Germany to join jihadist groups in Syria or Iraq. About 120 of them have been killed, while about one third have returned to Germany.

SOURCE: AFP, Ralf Isermann