Attacker Reportedly Yells 'Allahu Akbar' During Stabbing Spree in Germany

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: May 10, 2016 7:10 AM
Attacker Reportedly Yells 'Allahu Akbar' During Stabbing Spree in Germany

One man is dead and three others are injured after a knife attack at a commuter rail station outside of Munich, Germany Tuesday morning.

Police arrested the 27-year-old suspect at the scene, but have not yet released a name. 

According to police spokesman Karl-Heinz Segerer, the assailant “expressed political motivations” during the attack. Witnesses reported that the attacker yelled “Allahu Akbar” and “you infidels,” among other statements.

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, carrying a four-inch knife, stabbed one man on a train, a second man in the station forecourt and two other men who were passing by on bikes. […]

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.

At the scene, police forensic experts in white coveralls marked more than 40 bloody footprints -- some of them barefoot -- on the train platform with chalk numbers and collected evidence, including a cellphone that was pulled from the gap between the train and platform.

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."