“Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah and your enemies…” (8:60)
“‘Allahu Akbar’ shouts at knife attack in Ansbach – attacker dead,” translated from “„Allahu Akbar“-Rufe bei Messerattacke in Ansbach – Angreifer tot,” Welt, September 9, 2022 (thanks to Medforth):
After an attack on several passers-by with two injured, a man near the train station in Ansbach was shot by the police and fatally injured. The alleged perpetrator shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”), a police spokesman said on Thursday evening.
On Thursday around 6 p.m. there was a police use of firearms, said a police spokesman. According to the police, the alleged attacker was injured so badly that he died on the spot despite immediate resuscitation measures.
So far, the investigators have no indication of a terrorist or extremist motive for the attacker. That said the President of the Central Franconia Police Headquarters, Roman Fertinger, at a press conference on Friday. The investigators assume that he acted alone, as the head of the Ansbach Criminal Police Inspectorate, Criminal Director Dieter Hegwein, said. He added that the police have not yet found any information that points to politically or religiously motivated crimes by the suspect.
The attacker had been rejected as an asylum seeker in Germany. The 30-year-old Afghan only had a toleration status that would have expired in a week, said the head of the police investigation, Dieter Hegwein.
Alleged perpetrator has multiple convictions
According to Hegwein, the man had multiple criminal records. Five bodily injuries, one sexual offense and one violation of the Narcotics Act were registered. During the search of his surroundings, among other things, antidepressants were secured, said Hegwein.
According to the police, the man had attacked several passers-by south of the station and injured a 17-year-old and a 20-year-old with at least one knife. According to the police, several alarmed patrol crews managed to stop the man. When he attacked the officers, the police used firearms. The two injured passers-by were not in mortal danger, according to the police. The police officers were not injured.
A passer-by boldly stepped in
According to the police, there was still a courageous action on the sidelines: a passer-by probably saved the life of a 17-year-old student.
The attacker knelt on the boy, held two knives in his hands and tried to injure the youth, police said. A 20-year-old who happened to pass by immediately threw himself on the attacker. That was the only way the attack could not continue.
The crime scene was cordoned off on Thursday evening for forensic measures. Police called on witnesses to what happened to come forward.