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Authorities puzzle over motive for German knife attack

The suspect in a knife attack in southern Germany that left three girls useless was ordered saved in custody Saturday on suspicion of homicide, whereas authorities puzzled over a doable motive, analyzing his psychological well being and searching for to find out whether or not he was radicalized.

The attack began late Friday afternoon when the suspect walked right into a retailer in Wuerzburg, went to the family items division and requested a saleswoman the place the knives have been, regional police chief Gerhard Kallert mentioned. He then grabbed a knife and fatally stabbed three girls within the retailer, earlier than persevering with to attack individuals exterior. Six individuals, most of them girls, have been severely injured, and one in every of them remained in a life-threatening situation on Saturday.

Videos posted on social media confirmed individuals surrounding the attacker and making an attempt to carry him at bay with chairs and sticks. The 24-year-old Somali was then stopped with a shot to the leg by police and arrested.

Against the law scene tape is mounted in entrance of a Woolworth retailer in central Wuerzburg, Germany, Saturday, June 26, 2021. German police say a number of individuals have been killed and others injured in a knife attack within the southern metropolis of Wuerzburg on Friday.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

On Saturday, he was introduced earlier than a choose, who ordered him held in jail pending a doable indictment on suspicion of three counts of homicide, six of tried homicide and harmful bodily hurt; and one other of bodily hurt.

The man arrived in Germany in May 2015 and was granted “subsidiary protection,” a standing that falls wanting full asylum. He had been in Wuerzburg since 2019, and was residing in a homeless shelter.

Officials mentioned he did not have a felony report, however there have been two incidents earlier this 12 months that resulted in him being despatched briefly to a psychiatric hospital. In January, he bought into an argument with residents and workers on the shelter and brandished a kitchen knife, prosecutor Wolfgang Gruendler mentioned.

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He did not attack or damage anybody, however an investigation was opened and he was quickly admitted to a psychiatric hospital. That investigation continues to be ongoing and a psychiatric analysis continues to be excellent.

Earlier this month, there was an incident wherein somebody gave him a carry and he did not get out of the automotive. That once more resulted in his admission to a psychiatric unit, however he was launched after a day, prosecutors mentioned. They mentioned there had been no sample of accelerating issues.

Authorities additionally have been the potential for the person having been radicalized as an Islamic extremist. Kallert mentioned a retailer detective and cops reported listening to the suspect say “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.” Bavaria’s prime safety official, Joachim Herrmann, mentioned that “further cautious indications” in that course emerged from his questioning, with out elaborating. Material with “hate messages” additionally was discovered however has but to be evaluated, police mentioned.

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As as to if the person was mentally unwell or radicalized, “we don’t know either one thing or the other for sure at the moment, but I just want to note that they don’t rule each other out,” Herrmann mentioned. Authorities have been analyzing a cell phone and different proof.

The case was handed over to prosecutors in Munich, the state capital, however to not federal prosecutors, who in Germany take care of terror instances.

A fellow resident of the shelter who mentioned he was amongst 10-12 individuals who tried to cease the suspect stabbing anybody else till police arrived on Friday described the person as being “always alone, not talking to the other people.” He added that “he was strange all the time.”

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“Thank God we people managed to scare him a little bit, distract him, he got tired, and thank God it didn’t turn out even worse,” the person, whose identify was given solely as Kadir A., instructed RTL tv.

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Herrmann described utilizing a shot to the leg to cease an assailant as a “textbook” transfer. Bavaria’s guidelines on use of police weapons state that firearms ought to solely be used to make perpetrators unable to attack or flee, and {that a} shot which is near-certain to kill is just permitted if it is the one method to forestall hazard to the lifetime of others.

The guidelines name for officers to goal on the legs the place doable.

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