Around 5 a.m. local time (11 p.m. ET), four train passengers were attacked by a man with a knife in Germany. The name of the suspect wasn’t revealed because of German privacy laws.
According to the Bavarian Criminal Office, a knife-wielding man killed another man and injured three more at a train station in southern Germany Tuesday morning.
On Tuesday, a man cried “infidel, you must die” and “Allahu akbar” as he stabbed four people at a Bavarian train station, witnesses reported. However, authorities haven’t found any connection to an Islamic extremist network.
The attack took place in Grafing, 23 miles (37 kilometers) east of Munich, officials said. Three men were injured, one of the seriously. Officials reported that the injured men’s ages were 58, 55 and 43. The other man died later at the hospital at his 50.
The dead man was on a train bound for Munich when he was stabbed, according to the police. The 27-year-old man linked to the attack was arrested but a political motive can’t be ruled out yet, a police spokesman said. He added that the suspect was arrested near the station after the attacks. He carried with him a 10-centimeter (4-inch) survival knife tucked into his belt that police recovered.
The police cordoned off the attack scene to run an investigation led by the Bavarian Criminal Office. Footage from the scene revealed bloodied footprints leading out of a train carriage at the station, and small puddles of blood on the platform. The police continue to question commuters who witnessed the incident.
The train station has already been reopened.
The suspect might have been under the influence of drugs
Bavaria’s Interior Minister, Joachim Herrmann, said that the suspect was believed to have a history of mental health issues.
According to Ken Heidenreich, spokesman for the Munich prosecutor’s office in charge of the case, the suspect admitted to the crime, but they are evaluating whether he should be taken to a mental institution.
The suspect affirmed he had been taking drugs, senior police official, Lothar Koehler, said. He added that it wasn’t still clear the suspect was under the influence of drugs at the time of the attack. They haven’t found records of any previous narcotics cases against the suspect.