Illerkirchberg near Ulm: 27-year-old under police supervision in the hospital

Act of violence in Illerkirchberg
After attacking two students: 27-year-old attacker in the hospital under police surveillance

Flowers and candles commemorate the fatal attack on two schoolgirls from Illerkirchberg

© Bernd Weißbrod / DPA

The attack on two girls shook the community of Illerkirchberg near Ulm. A girl dies – many questions remain. The case could still become a political issue.

After the deadly attack on two schoolgirls in Illerkirchberg near Ulm, the investigators are only at the beginning of their work. “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. The case could have a political dimension because a 27-year-old asylum seeker from Eritrea is considered a suspect. Several AfD politicians responded to this on Monday.

According to previous knowledge, the accused had probably attacked the young people on the street with a knife. A 14-year-old had to be resuscitated at the scene before being taken to a clinic. She died there hours later. An autopsy on the body will provide clues as to the exact cause of death. A 13-year-old was seriously but not fatally injured.

The 27-year-old was reportedly injured. A police spokesman said the man may have injured himself with the knife. Investigators don’t yet know whether it was intentional or accidental. He was taken to a hospital under police guard.

Strobl: “Will completely clear up this terrible act”

After the fact, he fled to a refugee shelter, which he is said to have come from before the attack. According to the information, there were two other men from Eritrea who took the officials to the office. It was initially unclear whether they were able to provide information about what was happening and the possible motives of the 27-year-old.

“We will fully clarify this terrible act,” announced the Baden-Württemberg Minister of the Interior and Deputy Prime Minister Thomas Strobl (CDU). “We are deeply moved by this act when the life of an innocent child is so brutally taken,” he said. “In these difficult hours, our thoughts are with the parents, the family, the survivors of those who died, as well as the young girl’s classmates and friends.”

Strobl did not address the origin of the suspect in the statement. “The background to the crime, in particular the motive, is still unclear.” In their statement after the crime, the police appealed “not to have any general suspicion of strangers, those seeking protection or asylum seekers in general or to encourage or support such suspicions”. You are aware “that events of this kind stir up fears and emotions”.


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