One killed as man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' knifes Munich rail passengers

Published: May 10, 2016
A file photo of a train at a railway station in Munich. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of a train at a railway station in Munich. PHOTO: AFP

MUNICH: A man knifed passengers at a train station in the Munich area early on Tuesday, killing one man and injuring three, media reported, and police said they were investigating whether there was an religious motive to the attack.

A spokeswoman said police were checking witness statements that the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” (‘God is Greatest’ in Arabic) during the attack, adding that the perpetrator had been arrested.

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Germany’s ARD broadcaster reported that one man had died from his injuries. Police could not confirm this.

The attack took place in the S-Bahn commuter train station at Grafing, a town about 32 km (20 miles) southeast of the Bavarian capital in southern Germany. Germany, which is playing a supporting role in the fight against Islamic State, has not suffered a major attack by extremist militants on the scale of those that have hit neighbouring France and Belgium.

However, German security services are on alert and ministers have repeatedly warned of a possible attack. Over 800 home-grown radicals have left Germany to join religious extremist groups in Syria and Iraq and about 260 have returned.

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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 1 million migrants who arrived in the country last year have slipped off officials’ radar.


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  • Aakashvaani
    May 10, 2016 - 12:29PM

    Pakistani ‘Freedom fighter’ strikes again. Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    May 10, 2016 - 12:47PM

    we share our planet with some sick pigsRecommend

    May 10, 2016 - 1:05PM

    I have always wondered why these fanatics say ‘Allahu Akbar’ before,during or after such acts,( even say,in Syria,etc.).thereby giving a bad name to Islam ?
    Every nut on a kill mission says it !!Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    May 10, 2016 - 1:30PM

    Whats Pak got to do with this man ?Recommend

  • S
    May 10, 2016 - 1:31PM

    or he could be Indian or from any other nationality. His nationality is not disclosed yet.Recommend

  • ghazal
    May 10, 2016 - 1:42PM

    lesson for markelRecommend

  • Point
    May 10, 2016 - 2:08PM

    A muslim doing it in first place wont shout Allahu AKbar to give bad name right away. Not even a fool would do such an act which makes his faith look down. It’s funny how every such attacks are happening only in places where Muslims are given positiveness. And in every attack the attacker make sure to make a few people witness what he said for the news later Recommend

  • Tp
    May 10, 2016 - 2:44PM

    People literally freeze when they hear that dreaded shout.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    May 10, 2016 - 2:59PM

    Were those words actually recorded ? Maybe in all the confusion what he actually said was: Hallelujah or Seig Heil or Hare Ram, etc..Recommend

  • Pin2
    May 10, 2016 - 4:16PM

    Investigators have revealed that the knife used by the attached was made by a company owned by a Jewish consortium.

    This is clearly a Jewish conspiracy to defame Islam but supplying knifes to attack innocent commuters.Recommend

  • Travis
    May 10, 2016 - 4:35PM

    The cry of destruction and mayhem. They came with swords on horses then and they come strapped with bombs now. Same shout, same result.Recommend

  • Sunil
    May 10, 2016 - 5:12PM

    @Bunny Rabbit: Probably got trained there or used manual written there.Recommend

  • A-HU-A
    May 10, 2016 - 5:29PM

    More migrants anyone?Recommend

  • syed & syed
    May 11, 2016 - 12:59AM

    800 home grown radicals had left for Syria/Iraq and 260 returned. Why the Government is not taking action against those who returned. Ther should be a thorough investigations Recommend

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