The Latest: German stabbing suspect may have taken drugs

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Posted: May 10, 2016 9:49 AM
The Latest: German stabbing suspect may have taken drugs

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack at a German train station (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

German investigators say the suspect in the station stabbing told them he had taken drugs, though they've found no record of any previous narcotics case against him.

Senior police official Lothar Koehler said Tuesday that the man said in questioning that he had taken his shoes off because "he felt bugs on his feet that had caused blisters and were generating intense heat."

He says there are indications that the man may have taken drugs two days ago in the Giessen area, where he lives, and that may have contributed to the suspect's confused state.

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3:25 p.m.

German authorities say they are doubtful as to whether the suspect in the stabbing at a station near Munich can be held criminally responsible.

This suggests that the man may not be mentally fit to stand trial.

Prosecutor Ken Heidenreich said Tuesday that the man's statements don't fit together. Officials say there appears to have been no particular reason for the man to choose the Grafing Bahnhof station as the location for his attack. They say he caught a train there from Munich in the early hours of the morning.

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3:20 p.m.

Police say there's no evidence that a man suspected of stabbing four people at a station outside Munich had any accomplices or was part of an Islamic extremist network.

Senior police official Guenther Gietl said a woman reported hearing the words "infidel, you must die" at the time of the stabbing early Tuesday.

However, police said there's no sign that he had any contact with Islamic extremist groups or any evidence of radicalization. And another senior police official, Lothar Koehler, said the suspect made a "rather confused impression" during questioning

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12:40 p.m.

Bavaria's top security official says investigators have no indications that the suspect in a stabbing at a train station had an Islamic extremist motive. He says the German suspect apparently had psychological problems and drug issues.

State Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said after a Cabinet meeting in Munich Tuesday that the 27-year-old has confessed to carrying out the attack, news agency dpa reported.

He said investigators have no indication so far that there was an Islamic extremist motive though they are still looking at whether there's a political background.

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12:20 p.m.

German police investigating an early-morning attack in Bavaria say the man who died of injuries was on board the commuter train when he was assaulted.

Police spokesman Irwin Heumann said the 56-year-old victim, whose age was initially given by authorities as 50, was wounded by the attacker on the train Tuesday morning and died later in the hospital.

He says it was not yet clear where the three other victims wounded in the attack were assaulted.

The attacker has been identified as a 27-year-old German man, who Heumann says was from the state of Hesse.

He had no further details but police and prosecutors plan a press conference in the afternoon.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.