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One dead and three injured in knife attack at German train station

One person has been killed and three injured in a knife attack at a train station near Munich.

Witnesses said that the suspected attacker shouted "Allahu Akbar" - Arabic for "God is great" - during the stabbings, but police say there is no evidence he was part of an Islamic extremist network.

The man was arrested shortly after the attack in Grafing at around 4:50am local time. Officials have said that the 27-year-old, named locally as Paul H., has "mental health and drug problems," according to AFP.

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German train attack suspect 'had mental health and drug problems'

The man behind today's fatal train station attack in Germany had mental health and drug problems, AFP reported, citing the regional ministry.

The crime scene at Grafing station near Munich Credit: PA

"As to what extent there were other background factors, or whether this is more about questions of mental instability or drug addiction, still needs to be investigated," Bavaria state's interior minister Joachim Hermann earlier told BR24 television.

According to witnesses the attacker had shouted "Alahu Akbar" - Arabic for "God is great" - as he "indiscriminately" stabbed commuters with a 10-centimetre knife at Grafton station early this morning.

This led police to investigate an "Islamist motive" behind the attack, which has left one man dead and three more in hospital.

The suspect is:

  • 27 years old
  • A German national, who was born in Germany and does not have a migrant background
  • From central Hesse state
  • Not previously known to police
  • Named locally as Paul H. (naming convention of suspects in Germany means the full surname is not released)

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