A 29-year-old Afghan in Germany attacked and seriously injured a 58-year-old gardener who was working in a park in Berlin, claiming he hated seeing a woman work, police said Sunday.
The attack took place Saturday afternoon in the Wilmersdorf district of the city and a 66-year-old passer-by was seriously injured while trying to rescue the woman.
Police said the assailant – whose identity was not revealed in compliance with German privacy laws – he approached the woman and talked to her, then suddenly pulled out a knife and stabbed her several times in the neck, and also assaulted a man who tried to intervene and help the woman.
The authorities did not even reveal the identity of the two victims.
The Berlin prosecutor’s office said Sunday that the attacker was arrested on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault.
Police said in a statement that the suspect may be suffering from mental illness, however, prosecutors and criminal police are investigating him with the suspicion that his attack may have been motivated by extremist ideology.
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