A 56-year-old man who was critically injured after a stabbing at a railway station near Munich has died in hospital. Three other commuters were also wounded in Grafing by a man who was reportedly shouting “allahu akbar” during the attack, which means “God is greatest” in Arabic. Forensic experts have cordoned off the platform where the stabbings took place, which was covered in bloody footprints. It is believed the 27-year-old suspect, who was arrested at the scene, had used a knife with a 10cm blade.
The assailant made remarks at the scene of the crime that indicate a political motivation - apparently an Islamist motive. We are still determining what the exact remarks were.
The man apprehended is a German national who was not known to the police and did not live in the region. It is believed all of those injured in the stabbing, which occurred shortly before 5am local time, were men. The three commuters who were wounded were 43, 55 and 58 years old. Initial reports from a Bavarian radio station suggested the four victims had been left with life-threatening injuries. Several German media outlets have reported the alleged attacker is Paul H. from Hesse, a state in central Germany which is about 200 miles away from Munich.