BERLIN, June 25 (Reuters) – Three people were murdered and five seriously harmed in a knife attack in southern Germany on Friday
by a Somali immigrant, who is 24-year-old, described by officials as having been placed under compulsory psychiatric treatment in
Police blocked and arrested the attacker in the town of Wuerzburg by firing a bullet through his thigh. They said his injuries
were not life-threatening.
“Three are dead and five very seriously injured,” regional Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said after arriving on the scene.
“With the most seriously injured we are not sure they will survive.”
The man had lived in Wuerzburg since 2015, the year Germany opened its borders to more than a million migrants and refugees
fleeing war and poverty. His life was not in danger and he was being questioned by police in hospital, Herrmann said.
“His condition had been noticed in recent months, including violent tendencies, and a few days ago he was put into compulsory
psychiatric treatment,” Herrmann said.
Later, he told public television that, according to one witness, the suspect had called “Allahu akbar”, an Arabic phrase meaning
“God is great” and often associated with acts of Islamist terrorism before starting his spree.
“That suggests a possible Islamist motive, and that is also part of the investigation,” he added….