Man reportedly shouting ‘Allah is great’ knifes passengers at train station near Munich

The victim was a 50-year-old man, Bayerischer Rundfunk cited the prosecutor as saying, who added the suspect was a 27-year-old German citizen.

Police are checking witness reports that the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” or ‘God is great’ during the attack, Bayerischer Rundfunk said. According to police, one person was critically injured while the other three sustained less serious injuries.

The attacker stabbed a newspaper delivery man in the back, a firefighter told the Merkur paper.

The attack might have been “politically motivated,” the prosecutor said, confirming one death. “Two people are badly wounded, one is in critical condition,” after the stabbings that took place around 0300 GMT in the town of Grafing east of Munich, a Bavarian police spokesman told AFP.

Police aren’t excluding an “Islamist agenda” in the attack, a spokesman for the Bavarian police told the Mittelbayerische Zeitung. However, another police official from Munich didn’t confirm to the Local that the assailant had any Islamist or political background.

According to German law enforcers, the alleged perpetrator was arrested on the spot. He has no criminal record. The offender is reportedly a German citizen, the town’s mayor Angelika Obermayr told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

“The idea that people enter the station or deliver newspapers there and then become victims of a maniac is terrible. Hopefully they will recover completely,” Obermayr said. “I am most grateful to the police, doctors, paramedics and our firefighters who reacted quickly on the scene.”

Access to Grafing station is partially blocked and significant delays are expected.

The station has been closed following the attack. “The station is a crime scene,” and specialists will be working there, a police spokesman told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.


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