German investigators seek motive in a fatal knife attack. German WUERZBURG – Investigators were looking for a motive for an attack in the German city of Wurzburg, in which a man armed with a long knife killed three people and injured at least five, while authorities praised passersby for trying to stop them. attacker.
Police said two of those hospitalized remained in life-threatening condition on Saturday.
The 24-year-old Somalian suspect was stopped after being shot in the leg by police and arrested Friday afternoon in an attack in the downtown area of the southern city. Police said his life was not in danger and he was hospitalized.
The man has lived in Wurzburg since 2015, most recently in a homeless shelter. He doesn’t seem to know the victims. Michael Dauber of a store near the site of the attack said he saw people running away in panic.
“It was unclear for a long time what was going on, and they all started screaming that someone was stabbing people,” Dauber said. “It’s crazy.” Videos posted on social media showed people surrounding the attacker trying to stop him with chairs and sticks.
Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder said, “I am particularly impressed with the dedication of so many people who have tried to stop the perpetrators. “It was a really impressive dedication, thank you.”
“Now the situation and motives must be addressed,” he said in a statement to reporters in Nuremberg. Bavaria’s top security official, Joachim Hermann, said the suspect was known to the police and had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital a few days ago.
He told news agency DPA late on Friday that Islamic extremist motives could not be ruled out. That’s because one witness reported hearing the suspect shout “Allahu akbar,” in Arabic, “God is great.” However, the federal prosecutor dealing with terrorism and national security cases in Germany did not take over the case until Saturday.
People placed flowers and candles at the site of the attack.
“All of Bavaria is mourning today,” said Soeder. He added that the state would order classmates to fly flags. It is common in Germany for the Wurzburg police to shoot in the legs to deter the perpetrators.
According to Bavarian rules regarding the use of police weapons, firearms should only be used to make the perpetrator unable to attack or escape, and bullets that are close to killing are only allowed if they are the only way to prevent life-threatening. Etc.