We should be shocked and surprised that this Islamist attack has occurred in Europe, but sadly it’s another case of “oh no, here we go again.”
Early this morning, a knife-wielding Islamist carried out an indiscriminate attack at a railway station near Munich, killing one man and injuring three others.
According to the Independent, the suspect reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) as he started stabbing passers-by in the town of Grafing, to the south-east of the German city.
A spokesperson at the Bavarian state criminal investigation office told The Independent a 56-year-old man was initially in a critical condition but died later in hospital.
Three other men aged 43, 55, and 58 were seriously injured, with one in a life-threatening condition.
A spokesperson for the state prosecutor’s office confirmed that the attack was believed to have a political or “Islamist background” but could not give any further details.
The suspect, a 27-year-old German man, has been named locally as Paul H, from Giessen in the state of Hesse.
ISIS has issued propaganda directed at supporters in the country, including one video calling for them to travel to Syria or wage terror attacks at home.
A German-born militant who grew up in the UK appeared in the footage and spoke about the “staged” experience in an exclusive interview with The Independent.
The video showed a jihadist calling on supporters, in German, to “pick up a big knife, go down to the streets and slaughter every infidel you encounter.”
Apparently Paul H. got the message.
Angelika Obermayr, the mayor of Grafing, told N-TV local people were in shock in the “quiet little town”.
“Something like this is completely new and has shaken people deeply – it is something you only see on television,” she added.
“That it happened here is completely incomprehensible.”
Frau Obermayr and the people of Grafing just received a horrific wake-up call. The scary thing is, it just might be too late.
And by the way, just as soon as London’s new Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, tweets his outrage at the attack and condolences for the victims, we’ll be sure to report it.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]