- One killed, three wounded in attack near Munich, Germany
- Attack took place at 5am local time at train station in Grafing
- Attacker reportedly shouted “Allahu akbar” and “you infidels!”
- Suspect arrested, identified as German citizen, 27
- Attacker “suffered from psychiatric issues”
A German man has been arrested after several people were stabbed at a train station near Munich early Tuesday.
One victim died in a hospital and three other people were wounded.
The German authorities say they do not the believe the attack was linked to Islamist terrorism and they believe the suspect has mental health problems.
The assailant made “politically motivated comments” as he attacked, Ken Heidenreich, spokesman for the Munich prosecutor’s office in charge of the case, told The Associated Press.
He said his office was investigating witness reports that he yelled “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.”
“It’s going in that direction,” Heidenreich said of his office’s initial information following the stabbing at the Grafing Bahnhof station, some 30 kilometers (nearly 20 miles) east of Munich.
Meanwhile, Justin Huggler in Berlin writes:
Police in neighbouring Czechia (Chezch Republic) have evacuated several schools, town halls and railway stations across the country after receiving an anonymous tip-off that they were to be targetted in coordinated bomb attacks.
The main train station and municipal buildings in the capital Prague were affected, along with the train station and city hall in the western city of Pilsen.
A total of 14 different locations around the country were involved. The evacuations began at around 10am local time (am BST) after the authorities received detailed tip-offs including the timings bombs would go off at the various locations.
In the central city of Pardubice, which was also affected, staff at the city hall said they had received a tip-off in a phone call.
“At about 8.30am we received an anonymous phone call saying that a bomb would go off in the city hall at 12pm. We immediately contacted the police,” Radim Jelinek, a spokesman for the municpality said.
The anonynpus tipster apaprently made no attempt to hide their telephone number.
“We handed over the phone number of the anonymous caller, because it showed up in the caller ID, “Mr Jelinek said.
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