MUNICH: One person was killed as a man attacked passengers with a knife at a train station in the Munich area in southern Germany early on Tuesday.

According to AFP, police say it may have been a “politically motivated” attack.

“Two people are badly wounded, one is in critical condition” after the attack around 0300 GMT in the town of Grafing east of Munich, a police spokesman in Bavaria state told AFP.

Local media reported that witnesses said the young man had yelled “Allahu akbar” (“God is greatest”) during the attack.

Four people were left with life-threatening injuries, Bavarian radio reported.

Police were checking witness statements that the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) during the attack, Bayerischer Rundfunk reported. German media said police had arrested the perpetrator and that the victims were men.

Police were not immediately reachable for comment when contacted by Reuters. Germany, which is playing a supporting role in the fight against Islamic State, has not suffered a major attack by extremist militants the like of which neighbouring France and Belgium have experienced.