Germany with a knife: a man arrested after two hospitalizations in the Erfurt attack
German police arrested a suspect after two men were stabbed in the city of Erfurt.
An unidentified man attacked and injured two passers-by in the eastern German city early Monday before fleeing, police said in a statement.
The two victims, aged 45 and 68, were taken to nearby hospitals but were not seriously injured, they added.
Authorities believe the assailant used a knife in the attack and arrested a suspect several hours later after a search.
The 32-year-old was found in his apartment, where he apparently self-inflicted injuries and was taken to hospital.
Police said the suspect had a history of violence and property offenses and suffered from psychological problems.
The motive for the attack was not immediately clear, but police said there was no reason to suspect it was politically motivated. The suspect and the victims did not know each other.
The attack came three days after a 24-year-old Somali man fatally stabbed three women with a knife in central Würzburg on Friday.
Seven other people were injured, including five seriously, in the incident. The suspect has been arrested and remains in custody.
Authorities are still investigating whether the attack of “unbelievable brutality” was motivated by Islamic radicalization or the alleged perpetrator’s psychiatric disorder.