DEVELOPING:One person was killed and three others were injured Tuesday morning when a knife-wielding suspected Islamist attacked people indiscriminately at a commuter rail station outside Munich, Germany.
The attack happened in Grafing, about 20 miles east of Munich, shortly before 5 a.m. (11 p.m. ET Monday). The Munich newspaper Merkur reported that the attacker stabbed one man on a train, a second man in the station forecourt and two other men who were passing by on bikes.
Police spokesman Karl-Heinz Segerer said the assailant, who was arrested at the scene, “expressed political motivations” during the attack but didn’t give details.
Investigators told the Suddeutsche Zeiting newspaper that witnesses had reported that the unidentified attacker had shouted “Allahu Akbar!”, the Arabic phrase meaning “God is Great!” during the assault. Merkur reported that the suspect had yelled, “You infidels!”, among other statements.
Segerer said the suspect was a 27-year-old German national who does not live in Bavaria, the region where the attack took place. The broadcaster Bayerische Rundfunk reported that the suspect had no prior criminal history.
The Suddeutsche Zeitung reported that the victims were aged between 43 and 58 years old. The deceased victim was identified as a 50-year-old man from the town of Wasserburg, about 35 miles east of Munich.
“The idea that people enter [the station] on a beautiful morning … and then become victims of a maniac is terrible,” said Grafing mayor Angelika Obermayr. “I am most grateful for the police, doctors, paramedics and our firefighters who were quickly on the scene.”
The main entrance to the station was closed while the investigation was ongoing and significant delays were expected. At least one platform was expected to be closed until midday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.