According to researchers, the alleged Islamic knife attack in Stolberg could be linked to the local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia. The father of the seriously injured 23-year-old was seen on an AfD ad, said a spokesman for the Düsseldorf prosecution, whose central office for the prosecution of terrorism took over the proceedings Monday.
The alleged culprit shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”). The 21-year-old man must now be brought to justice.
The alleged perpetrator had opened the car door of the 23-year-old in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Stolberg on Sunday evening at 0.40 am. Then he stabbed him with a knife. Police say the victim was seriously injured in the arm and had to undergo surgery. According to the prosecution, an investigation into dangerous physical injuries is still ongoing.
The victim’s father could have been the background to the attack, the agency spokesman said. Five men were featured on the AfD Stolberg motif, plus the slogan “German-Turks want change too”.
Test case for state security
According to investigators, the father stated that he had not consented to the study. According to the public prosecutor’s office, the father is Turkish. His son has German citizenship. The suspect is a German Iraqi.
The detectives already talked about a possible Islamist background on Sunday. The prosecution confirmed on Monday that the 21-year-old had previously walked as a so-called test case with state security and that he was upgraded to a threat by the police after the act. For this reason, the Central Bureau of Terrorism Investigation is responsible within the authority.
The 21-year-old fled to Stolberg on Sunday evening and was subsequently arrested by a mobile task force. A man who was in the car with him is now free again. He is only used as a witness, the researchers said. The federal public prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe is also following developments closely. “We have not yet taken over the investigation, but we do have close contact with the Public Prosecution Service in Düsseldorf,” said a spokesman for the authority in Karlsruhe when asked. (dpa)