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Motive for random knife attack in Cottbus not noted in police file

The Cottbus district court issued an arrest warrant on Thursday for a Pakistani who had attacked a young local with a knife the day before for no apparent reason. The police and the public prosecutor announced that the 28-year-old immigrant was being investigated for attempted murder.

Published: September 12, 2020, 8:38 am

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    Cottbus is a university city, the second-largest city in the state of Brandenburg, around 125 km southeast of Berlin. After the attack on the tram, the perpetrator then ran through the carriage as if nothing had happened and got off at the next stop. As he got out, he let out a loud, audible laugh, according to the driver and witnesses. The police searched the Pakistani’s home and seized numerous pieces of evidence.

    The investigation into the motive of the act is ongoing. According to BZ and Bild Zeitung, the suspect has already confessed to an officer. According to this, Abdulsalam R wanted to injure or kill someone in order to “secure another stay in Germany”. His residence permit recently expired.

    A spokesman for the Cottbus public prosecutor said on Friday when questioned by Berlin weekly Junge Freiheit, that the alleged perpetrator had also commented on a possible motive during his interrogation. However, this differs “considerably” from the motif mentioned in the media. And strangely, this real motive was also not noted in the police files.

    Abdulsalam R is strongly suspected of having stabbed a 19-year-old apprentice electrician in the back with a kitchen knife on Wednesday morning shortly after half past five. The victim had to undergo emergency surgery and he is still in a critical condition.

    According to the reports, victims and perpetrators did not know each other. According to the public prosecutor, Abdulsalam R was already known to the police for several offenses.

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