Latest on Knife Attack at German Train Station
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack at a German train station (all times local):
Assailant made 'politically motivated comments'
11:35 a.m. - Prosecutors investigating the stabbing at a Munich train station say the assailant made "politically motivated comments" as he attacked, and that they're investigating witness reports he yelled "Allahu Akbar" — Arabic for "God is great."
Ken Heidenreich, spokesman for the Munich prosecutor's office in charge of the case, told The Associated Press on Tuesday it's too early to confirm for sure that's what he said, but: "It's going in that direction."
Heidenreich says the suspect is a 27-year-old German citizen, with a traditional German-sounding name.
"We have no information that he is a recent immigrant here or of that background, but we don't know for sure at the moment," he said, adding that the man was not a Bavarian resident.
11 a.m. - The mayor of the small Bavarian town where four people were stabbed says local people are deeply shaken by the crime.
One person died of wounds he sustained in the early-morning stabbing Tuesday at the Grafing Bahnhof station, east of Munich. A 27-year-old German man was arrested.
Grafing Mayor Angelika Obermayr said that "something like this is absolutely new and shakes people deeply — otherwise, they only know this kind of thing from television." She added: "That it could happen here is absolutely stupefying."
She described Grafing as "an absolutely peaceful little Bavarian town."
10:40 a.m. - Karl-Heinz Segerer, a spokesman for Bavaria's state criminal police office, says "we can say very little at the moment about the background" to the attack.
Segerer told n-tv television that "witness questioning shows that there were politically motivated comments on the perpetrator's part" during the attack. He didn't give details and said witnesses and the suspect will be pressed on what exactly he said and to whom.
10:05 a.m. - Police say one person has died in a hospital after the stabbing at a train station outside Munich. Police spokesman Karl-Heinz Segerer said on n-tv television that the suspected assailant is a 27-year-old German national who doesn't live in Bavaria. He said the man "expressed political motivations" during the attack but didn't give details, saying that is a matter for the investigation.
9:30 a.m. - German police say several people were stabbed at a train station near Munich early Tuesday. Four or five people were wounded, one of them seriously.
The incident happened at the Grafing Bahnhof station, some 30 kilometers (nearly 20 miles) east of Munich and near the end of one of the city's commuter railway lines, shortly before 5 a.m. (0300 GMT). Police spokeswoman Michaela Grob said a man was arrested and authorities are working to identify him.
There was no immediate information on the assailant's motive.
At least one platform at the station was expected to remain closed through midday, and there were some delays, railway operator Deutsche Bahn said.
(Story by: The Associated Press)