After the attack on two schoolgirls in Illerkirchberg near Ulm, an arrest warrant for murder and attempted murder was issued against the suspect. A 14-year-old was killed in the attack and a 13-year-old girl was seriously injured. The 27-year-old alleged attacker relied on his right to refuse to testify, said a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office. The man is now in a prison hospital.
The Eritrean is said to have attacked and seriously injured two girls on the way to school on Monday. One of the victims later died in the hospital. The autopsy showed that the 14-year-old bled to death after stab wounds. The police found a knife on the 27-year-old that could have been used as a murder weapon.
The man had never been noticed by the authorities through violent crimes - he was only caught once as a fare dodger and otherwise not known to the police. There is no evidence of a political or religious motivation, said Baden-Württemberg Interior Minister Thomas Strobl (CDU) during a visit to the crime scene.
deed will also have consequences for survivors
In addition to the serious physical injuries, the 13-year-old is also not doing well mentally, said the spokesman for the public prosecutor's office. In the meantime, the girl had learned that his girlfriend had been killed. The crime will also have consequences for the 13-year-old, emphasized Strobl. The green-black cabinet in the southwest dedicated a minute's silence to the victims of the violence.
The suspect was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and underwent hours of surgery. During the demonstration in the clinic, the man gave no information to the judge. The motive of the man is therefore still unclear. The spokesman for the public prosecutor's office said in the morning that he had not yet received any information about the suspect's mental impairment.
After the crime, the man is said to have fled to a refugee shelter, from which he is said to have come before the attack. There were two other men from Eritrea who the officials initially took to the office. The two men were later released. The suspicion against her has not been substantiated.
"Now the public prosecutor's office and the police are investigating why the two girls were attacked and whether the suspect and the two girls knew each other beforehand," the authorities said.
Warning against hasty conclusions
The act could also have a political dimension because an asylum seeker is considered a suspect. Several AfD politicians responded to this on Monday. Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) warned against hasty conclusions: "I can only warn against making any connections before the crime has even been cleared up." Strobl also called for prudence: "This event must not be a reason or justification for hatred and hate speech," he said. This criminal offense must be rigorously investigated and the perpetrator punished with all rigor.
The police asked "not to have any general suspicion against strangers, those seeking protection or asylum seekers or to encourage or support such suspicions". AfD politicians such as the parliamentary group leader Alice Weidel, in turn, addressed exactly this aspect in statements.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, the girl killed had German citizenship and a Turkish migration background. The Turkish ambassador, Ahmet Basar Sen, called for a complete investigation into the crime, which had greatly unsettled the Turkish community. According to his own statements, the ambassador had visited the family of the deceased girl in the morning. He expressed the sympathy of the Turkish community to the parents, said Sen. The attack came as a shock to everyone.