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Mayor of Würzburg warns against blanket judgments about refugees

Würzburg - After the knife attack in Würzburg, in which an asylum seeker killed three women, Lord Mayor Christian Schuchardt (CDU) warned against blanket judgments about refugees. “The crimes of individuals can never be traced back to population groups, religions or nationalities. Even we Germans were not condemned across the board after the Second World War. Neither does this now apply to Somalis or refugees in general,” he wrote in an open letter. The stereotyped thinking must come to an end.

Schuchardt also said that he had not only wept for the victims and their relatives. “But I also wept for our city. Because this short circuit, this equating is so obvious. Refugees, immigrants, violent criminals, religious warriors and terrorists - massacre.” But this equation is not permissible. The police will clarify the background of the crime.

On Friday afternoon, a 24-year-old Somali stabbed three women in downtown Würzburg and injured other people, some of them life-threatening. After his arrest, he said that he had carried out his "jihad". According to witness statements, he shouted "Allahu Akbar" during the knife attack.

The knife attack is reminiscent of the 2016 attack in Würzburg
The African came to Germany in 2015. He was known to the police before the attack and was receiving treatment for mental health problems.

The attack is reminiscent of the crime committed by an Afghan refugee in Würzburg five years ago. In July 2016, this traveler attacked with an ax and a knife on a regional train. Four people were seriously injured and one person was slightly injured in the attack. The police shot the attacker, who had previously committed himself to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia.

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