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Knife attacker kills one, wounds three in Germany

Knife attacker kills one, wounds three in Germany

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

Police arrested the 27-year-old after the apparently random assault around 5am 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 from 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 eyewitnesses had reported hearing him shout “Allahu akbar”.

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 said.

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.

“As to what extent there were other background factors, or whether this is more about questions of mental instability or drug addiction, still needs to be investigated,” Herrmann said on BR24 television.

Earlier Ken Heidenreich, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, had said that the “assailant made remarks at the scene of the crime that indicate a political motive — apparently an Islamist motive... We are still determining what the exact remarks were.”

In the dawn attack, the assailant stabbed one man aboard a train, another on the platform, then left the station and slashed two more men on bicycles outside, said Bavarian police spokesman Karl-Heinz Segerer.

“In the meantime local police received an emergency call, and the officers quickly arrived at the scene and were able to detain the man,” said Segerer on NTV news channel.

Bloody footsteps and police forensic officers in white plastic suits could be seen at the cordoned-off railway station in video footage from Grafing, 30 kilometres east of the Bavarian capital.

Published in Dawn, May 11th, 2016

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