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Shots Fired at German Rail Station, Perpetrator Arrested

Munich: Policemen can be seen on a street near the S-Bahn (city train) station in Unterföhring, Germany, June 13, 2017. Credits: Sven Hoppe/PTI

Several people were wounded when shots were fired at a commuter rail station near the German city of Munich today. The shooting happened at an S-Bahn station in Unterföhring, a northeastern suburb of the Bavarian city. The police have confirmed that one person has been detained in the aftermath. The police said that the scene was now “secured” and that there was no further danger to the public.

A police officer and two other people at the station were seriously injured but their lives are not believed to be in danger. They are being treated in local hospitals. “The assailant was arrested. He was also injured. There are no indications of further perpetrators,” the Munich police tweeted. “The area around the suburban train station Unterföhring has been cordoned off,” another tweet read.

A Munich police spokesman, Marcus da Gloria Martins, later told reporters there was no indication of a “political or religious” motive behind the incident. Martins identified the assailant as a “sole male perpetrator (who) was motivated by personal reasons”. Martins said that the perpetrator had tried to push at least one police officer in front of an incoming train, leading to a scuffle during which he took the female officer’s gun and fired. “The police officer was shot in the head and critically injured,” Martins said.

German authorities have been on high alert due to the series of deadly attacks that have plagued the country.

Last July, an 18 year old, David Ali Sonboly, shot dead nine people at a Munich shopping mall before turning the gun on himself, having spent a year planning the rampage. Police said the German-Iranian teen was “obsessed” with mass murderers such as Norwegian right-wing fanatic Anders Behring Breivik and had no links to ISIS.

Again in March, an axe-wielding attacker wounded nine people in a bloody rampage at a railway station in the western city of Duesseldorf. The attacker, a 36-year-old Kosovan national, was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic with a history of high anxiety and self-harm. The authorities managed to detain him after he jumped off a bridge after a prolonged chase. The police suggested that the attacker had wished to end his life by instigating the rampage, ruling out any terrorist motives.

The most deadly attack in the country came last December, when a rejected asylum seeker from Tunisia rammed a truck into a crowded Berlin Christmas market in an attack that killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others.