Knife-Wielding Man Kills One, Wounds Three at German Station

  • Assailant who yelled `Allahu Akbar' was lone perpetrator
  • Bavarian official says suspect had `psychological issues'

A knife-wielding attacker with a history of mental instability stabbed commuters at a train station in a Munich suburb, killing one and wounding three others.

Officials on Tuesday afternoon backed off earlier suggestions that the attack may have had a political motive after apprehending the suspected assailant, a 27-year-old German. While witnesses said the assailant had shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great,” and referred to “infidels,” police said the man acted alone and had no ties with an Islamist group.

“According to our current investigation, the man in custody was a lone perpetrator who had no links to any Islamist networks,” Bavarian state police said in a statement. The assailant was arrested near the scene in the town of Grafing, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Munich.

“The person recently came to the attention of police because of psychological issues and suspected drug consumption,” Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told reporters.

Forensic team at Grafing station on May 10.
Forensic team at Grafing station on May 10.
Photographer: Andreas Gebert/AFP via Getty Images

A 56-year-old man who was stabbed on a commuter later died of his injuries, police said. Three other men ranging in age from 43 to 58 were attacked on the train, on the platform and outside the train station. The 58-year-old was severely injured.

The assailant came from the city of Giessen in the western state of Hesse and was unknown to Bavarian police.

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