Sunday 4 December 2016

German station suspect sent to psychiatric hospital

Published 11/05/2016 | 15:51

Police investigate the scene of a stabbing at a station in Grafing near Munich (AP)
Police investigate the scene of a stabbing at a station in Grafing near Munich (AP)

A man suspected of killing one person and wounding three others in a knife attack at a German train station has been sent to a psychiatric hospital.

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A medical expert concluded that the 27-year-old German was mentally ill, police and prosecutors said in a statement.

A judge ordered him to be sent to a psychiatric hospital at a closed-door hearing.

Four people were stabbed in an apparently random early-morning attack on Tuesday at the Grafing Bahnhof station, east of Munich.

One man later died. Police said on Wednesday the other victims were in stable condition at several hospitals.

The man shouted "Infidel, you must die!" and "Allahu akbar" during the attack but authorities found no evidence of links to Islamic extremists.

They said the suspect appeared confused during the initial questioning and that it was difficult to get coherent information from him.

A mobile phone and data files were found during a search of the man's apartment in Giessen, in central Germany.

Wednesday's statement said investigators found no evidence pointing to a religious motivation for the crime.

Press Association

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