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31-year-old in psychiatric hospital after knife attacks on train

Updated on 05/14/2022 at 10:42 p.m

  • On Friday morning, a man stabbed passengers with a knife on a regional train near Aachen, injuring five people.
  • After the shooting, the 31-year-old is in a psychiatric ward.
  • According to current knowledge, the attack was not an act of terrorism.

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The 31-year-old man, who suddenly stabbed several fellow passengers on a regional train in Herzogenrath near Aachen on Friday morning, is being admitted to a psychiatric clinic for the time being. The public prosecutor’s office emphasized on Saturday that there was no evidence of a terrorist background or a religious radicalization of the suspect. Rather, according to the current state of knowledge, it is very likely that a psychotic experience on the part of the accused was to be assumed as the cause.

The 31-year-old is Iraqi and came to Germany as a refugee in 2015. According to a tip from the refugee home where he was living at the time, he was temporarily classified as an “Islamism test case” in 2017. In the facility, it was noticed that he had increasingly isolated himself and suddenly had a long beard, according to security circles. However, the suspicion was not confirmed. As a recognized refugee, the man has a temporary residence permit, sources said.

A fellow passenger disarmed the perpetrator

In the local train from Düsseldorf to Aachen, the man suddenly jumped up on Friday at around 7:38 a.m. shortly after the train had continued in Herzogenrath and tried to open the door, the public prosecutor reported. When that was impossible, he punched a fellow passenger in the face and then pulled out a kitchen knife. First he aimlessly and then purposefully stabbed several fellow passengers.

In the end, five people and the attacker himself were injured. A fellow passenger – supported by other people, including a federal police officer – overpowered and disarmed the 31-year-old. The public prosecutor announced that three cases were being investigated on suspicion of dangerous bodily harm and attempted insidious murder.

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When registering with the authorities, the Iraqi stated that he was a Shia Muslim. At the time of the crime, 270 people were on the train. (best/dpa)

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Updated on 05/13/2022 at 16:05

A regional train to Aachen had to stop on Friday morning after a passenger attacked other passengers with a knife near Herzogenrath. A federal police officer in civilian clothes who happened to be present, together with other passengers, managed to overpower and arrest the attacker.

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