Most of the victims of the knife attack in Würzburg are women. Police announced. In addition to the three dead, most of the wounded were women. It is not yet clear whether the suspected perpetrator, a 24-year-old Somali man, deliberately selected the women as victims. This requires more research. The suspect was charged with three murders and six murders. Another person is in mortal danger.
Meanwhile, the Somali apparently grabbed a knife in January of this year during an altercation at a homeless center in Würzburg. This was announced by the Public Prosecution Service in Bamberg. No one was injured at the time. The police opened an investigation into the threats and insults. Somali ended up in psychiatry.
In June, he was also said to have harassed someone in downtown Würzburg. The man was readmitted to psychiatry, but released a day later.
The Somali was charged with three murders and six murders for the stabbing in Würzburg. Two of the seven seriously injured people were released from hospital. Police said another person’s condition is life-threatening.
The authorities are still ignorant of the motives of the 24-year-old Somali man. Police said hate messages were found at the suspect’s home today. The photos show that passersby armed themselves with folding chairs and tried to stop the man. He was eventually overcome after the police shot him in the leg. Police said he had previously been treated in a psychiatric clinic and was not known to be a Muslim extremist. However, a religious motive is not excluded. The attorney assigned to the defendant says after an interview that he believes there may have been no religious or extremist motive. But he hasn’t said anything officially about the incident yet.” The suspect will be taken to a cell today. He still suffers from a gunshot wound to the leg sustained during his arrest.
The city of Würzburg reacts in shock to the fatal stabbing incident. Residents put flowers and candles at the place where the Somali was stabbed. “It’s terrible. I’m sad and shocked. That’s why I came here,” said a woman. “Showing sympathy is the least you can do.”
State Premier Markus Söder announced that flags are being flown at half-mast throughout Bavaria. He described the events as “unbelievable and shocking” and praised the citizens who tried to arrest the perpetrator.
This is not the first time that Würzburg has rocked such an attack. About five years ago, an Afghan Muslim extremist injured people with an axe. The Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack.
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