Man stabs 4, kills 1 at Munich train station

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MUNICH (Reuters) -- A man stabbed four people at a train station near Munich early on Tuesday, killing one and injuring three in an attack a senior politician said did not appear to be politically motivated.

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Police earlier said they were checking witness statements that the alleged assailant, a 27-year-old man who was under arrest and the only suspect, shouted "Allahu Akbar" ('God is Greatest' in Arabic).

But Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said he had received no indications that the man had a migrant background, telling reporters: "So far there are no findings that are relevant for state security."

He said the man had shown up in a different part of Germany a few days ago, suspected of using drugs and exhibiting behavior suggesting he might be mentally disturbed.

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Forensic experts of the police stand next to a commuter train standig on a platform of the train station of Grafing near Munich, southern Germany, where a man killed one person and wounded three others in a knife attack on May 10, 2016. A spokesman of the police said that the 27-year-old 'assailant made remarks at the scene of the crime that indicate a political motive -- apparently an Islamist motive'. / AFP / dpa / Andreas Gebert / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read ANDREAS GEBERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Forensic experts of the police stand next to a commuter train standig on a platform of the train station of Grafing near Munich, southern Germany, where a man killed one person and wounded three others in a knife attack on May 10, 2016. A spokesman of the police said that the 27-year-old 'assailant made remarks at the scene of the crime that indicate a political motive -- apparently an Islamist motive'. / AFP / dpa / Andreas Gebert / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read ANDREAS GEBERT/AFP/Getty Images)
A forensic expert of the police examines a commuter train standig on a platform of the train station of Grafing near Munich, southern Germany, where a man killed one person and wounded three others in a knife attack on May 10, 2016. A spokesman of the police said that the 27-year-old 'assailant made remarks at the scene of the crime that indicate a political motive -- apparently an Islamist motive'. / AFP / dpa / Andreas Gebert / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read ANDREAS GEBERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers stand in front of a restaurant outside the station in Grafing near Munich, Germany, Tuesday, May 10, 2016 where a man attacked two people after stabbing a man in a regional train. Police said the suspected assailant is a 27-year-old German national. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Police investigate the scene of a stabbing at a station in Grafing near Munich, Germany, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Police said one person has died in a hospital after the stabbing. Police said the suspected assailant is a 27-year-old German national. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Police investigate the scene of a stabbing at a station in Grafing near Munich, Germany, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Police said one person has died in a hospital after the stabbing. Police said the suspected assailant is a 27-year-old German national. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Bavarian radio said he used a knife with a 10 cm (4 inch) blade in the apparently indiscriminate attack, which took place around 5 a.m. (0300 GMT) in Grafing, a commuter town about 32 km (20 miles) southeast of the Bavarian capital in southern Germany.

One victim, a 50-year-old, died of stab wounds in hospital shortly after the attack. Police said three other men aged between 43 and 58 were injured, with Bavarian radio saying one was seriously hurt.

Germany, which is playing a supporting role in the fight against Islamic State, has not suffered a major attack by Islamist militants on the scale of those that have hit neighboring France and Belgium.

But with about 260 of the more than 800 home-grown radicals who have joined jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq having since returned to Germany, ministers have warned an attack is possible and security services are on alert.

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