German train station assailant sent to psychiatric hospital

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Posted: May 11, 2016 10:25 AM
German train station assailant sent to psychiatric hospital

BERLIN (AP) — A man who killed one person and wounded three others in a knife attack at a German train station was sent Wednesday to a psychiatric hospital.

A medical expert concluded that the 27-year-old German was mentally ill and at most he can be held only partly legally responsible for his actions, police and prosecutors said in a statement. A judge ordered him sent to a psychiatric hospital at a closed-door hearing.

The man, whose name hasn't been released due to German privacy rules, stabbed four people in an apparently random early-morning attack Tuesday at the Grafing Bahnhof station east of Munich. One man later died. Police said Wednesday the other victims were in stable condition at several hospitals.

The man shouted "Infidel, you must die!" and "Allahu akbar" (Arabic for "God is great") during the attack but authorities found no evidence of links to Islamic extremists. They said he appeared confused during the initial questioning and that it was difficult to get coherent information from him.

A cellphone and data files were found during a search of his apartment in Giessen, in central Germany. Wednesday's statement said investigators found no evidence pointing to a religious motivation for the crime. The man did not have immigrant roots.