One killed in Mu­nich train sta­tion knife at­tack

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

MU­NICH—A Ger­man na­tional at­tacked pas­sen­gers with a knife at a train sta­tion in the Mu­nich area in south­ern Ger­many early on Tues­day, leav­ing one dead and many with life-threat­en­ing in­juries, Bavar­ian ra­dio re­ported.

Ger­man me­dia said po­lice had ar­rested the per­pe­tra­tor and that the vic­tims were men. Po­lice were not im­me­di­ately reach­able for com­ment when con­tacted by Reuters.

Ger­many, which is play­ing a sup­port­ing role in the fight against ISIS, has not suf­fered a ma­jor at­tack by ex­trem­ist mil­i­tants the like of which neigh­bor­ing France and Bel­gium have ex­pe­ri­enced.

Wit­nesses said the as­sailant, a 27year-old man, shouted “Al­lahu Ak­bar” (‘God is Great­est’ in Ara­bic), ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

“The per­pe­tra­tor made re­marks dur­ing the at­tack which point to there be­ing a po­lit­i­cal mo­tive,” Bavar­ian po­lice said in a state­ment, adding he had been ar- rested and there were no fur­ther sus­pects.

A 50-year-old died of stab wounds in hos­pi­tal shortly af­ter the at­tack. The other stabbed men, aged be­tween 43 and 58, sus­tained lighter in­juries, po­lice said.

The at­tack took place at about 5 am lo­cal time (0300 GMT) at the train sta­tion at Graf­ing, a com­muter town about 32 km (20 miles) southeast of the Bavar­ian cap­i­tal in south­ern Ger­many.

Min­is­ters have re­peat­edly warned an at­tack is pos­si­ble and Ger­man se­cu­rity ser­vices are on alert.

Over 800 home-grown rad­i­cals have left Ger­many to join ex­trem­ist groups in Syria and Iraq and about 260 have re­turned.

Ger­many has also been a tran­sit coun­try for mil­i­tants who car­ried out at­tacks in Bel­gium this year and Paris last year.

There are con­cerns that some of the more than 1 mil­lion mi­grants who ar­rived in the coun­try last year have slipped off of­fi­cials’ radar.—Age­nies

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