A Somali culture-enricher went on a stabbing rampage today in the German city of Wurzburg, killing three people and wounding a number of others. The victims seem to have been chosen at random. The alleged perpetrator was shot in the leg by police and is now in custody.
The motive for the attack is unknown. The assailant reportedly has a history of mental illness. There are some reports that while he was on the rampage he shouted “Allahu Akhbar”, which is Arabic for “I feel socially marginalized and am a victim of discrimination.”
Attacker stabs passersby in Wurzburg
In the central Wurzburg a man attacked several passersby with a knife. The police speak of three dead and several injured. The alleged 24-year-old perpetrator is from Somalia. He was shot and wounded by police during the arrest.
In Wurzburg, a man attacked passersby, apparently randomly, and killed several people. As for the alleged perpetrator, he is, according to police information, a 24-year-old man from Somalia. He was living in Wurzburg, a spokesperson added.
The police confirmed three dead victims in a short press release on Twitter.
According to reports, the attacker was stopped by a shot in the leg. According to media reports, the attack was triggered by a fight between the alleged perpetrator and a woman. She is among the five injured, it is further reported.
Attacker was in psychiatric care
In the meantime, Bavarian’s Interior Minister, Joachim Hermann has arrived in the Lower Franconian city, which, with its 130,000 residents, lies between Munich and Frankfurt am Main. He confirmed reports, according to which the alleged perpetrator, who was arrested, had been in psychiatric care. The inner city of Wurzburg has been widely cordoned off.
Photo caption: Ambulances near scene of crime
“We have no indication of other perpetrators,” says a police spokesperson. At the same time, the police are calling for restraint in social media. On Twitter, they appealed to the population:
On social media, the first videos were seen shortly after the act, which apparently showed the incident in Wurzburg.
Minister-President Markus Söder spoke of an appalling and shocking news. “We grieve with the victims and their families,” the Bavarian government head wrote on Twitter.