July 31, 2021

Knife attack in Würzburg: “Incredible and shocking”

Germany Reactions to Würzburg

“The events are incredible and shocking”

Söder – “I will order the mourning flag for Bavaria”

A man in downtown Würzburg attacked passers-by indiscriminately with a knife. Three people were killed and others were seriously injured. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder is shocked by the act and wants to order mourning flags.

Three people are dead, others are seriously injured: After the knife attack in Würzburg, politicians are shocked. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder announces mourning flags for Bavaria.

NAfter the knife attack with three dead in Würzburg, Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) announced mourning flags for Bavaria. “The events are incredible and shocking,” he said on Saturday in Nuremberg. Bavaria mourns the victims. “We fear, pray and hope with the injured and the relatives.”

Söder especially thanked the citizens who had tried on Friday in downtown Würzburg to catch the perpetrator and keep him in check: “That was a very impressive commitment.” According to the dpa, Söder described the bloody act as a “rampage”.

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was “shocked” by the knife attack. “The perpetrator acted with extreme brutality. For this inhuman act he will be held accountable by the rule of law, ”he said on Saturday. All of Germany mourned with the relatives of the victims.

“A senseless and heinous act”

“My thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones. I wish the injured a speedy recovery. ”Steinmeier also thanked the police officers,“ who have overpowered the perpetrator with a determined effort ”. His thanks also go to the rescue workers who took care of the injured, it said in the message.

“Whatever the background: It is a senseless and horrific act that has caused a lot of suffering to the victims and their relatives,” wrote SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans on Friday evening on Twitter. FDP leader Christian Lindner described the act as appalling. “We think of the victims and our condolences go out to their families and loved ones.”

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CDU chief Armin Laschet said he sympathized with the families of the dead and hoped “for a speedy recovery of the injured”. Laschet also thanked the police and rescue workers who were quickly on site. “My great respect goes to the brave citizens who stepped in quickly,” he wrote on Twitter.

Green leader Annalena Baerbock also wrote there that her thanks go to “all emergency services and the courageous people for their intervention”. She thinks “of the victims, of their families, of everyone who witnessed the terrible act”. She wished the injured a speedy and full recovery.

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Apparently indiscriminately, a man attacked people in Würzburg late on Friday afternoon. Three victims died and at least five others were seriously injured. Shortly after the attack, police caught the alleged perpetrator, a 24-year-old Somali. According to previous knowledge, the attacker may be mentally ill. But also an Islamist motive of the attacker is examined.

Two of the seriously injured are still in mortal danger after the attack. As the police announced on Saturday, a total of five seriously injured people are still receiving medical treatment in various hospitals. The condition of two of these injured is “still life-threatening”. Two slightly injured people could have left the hospital in the meantime.