An Afghan Muslim man admitted to stabbing and severely injuring a family of three and a 20-year-old Afghan compatriot in Vienna because “he was in a bad, aggressive mood and upset about his life’s situation (not enough welfare benefits?),” Austrian police said.
ABC News Police said in a statement that the 23-year-old, Jafar S, said he committed all four stabbings, and denied that any of his attacks were politically motivated.
The attacker was detained shortly after the stabbing of a 20-year-old man, also from Afghanistan, on Wednesday night, police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer told The Associated Press.
An hour earlier, he attacked all three members of a dentist’s family, the 67-year-old father, the 56-year-old mother and their 17-year-old daughter, also in the city’s downtown area. Police said that the father was still in a critical condition, but his wife and daughter and the Afghan man were stable. The dentist is still in a coma, and might have suffered brain damage.
Euronews spoke to local people following the latest stabbing attack, targeting an Austrian soldier, by an Egyptian national outside the Iranian ambassador’s residence on Sunday.
The Afghan’s attack on the family in the Praterstrasse was the bloodiest act in a series of knife attacks in the past week – from Tyrol to Vienna people have been stabbed with a knife. There were heavy attacks in Tyrol, Styria, Burgenland and Salzburg.
Tundra Tabloids The attack on the family in the Praterstrasse was the bloodiest act in a series of knife attacks in the past week – from Tyrol to Vienna people have been stabbed with a knife. There were heavy attacks in Tyrol, Styria, Burgenland and Salzburg.
The scandal is that Austrian state television has been ignoring the attacks, and only last night did they finally report them. A police officer was attacked by an Afghan in front of parliament yesterday morning, the doctor (a dentist) is still in a coma, he might have suffered brain damage.
The whole drama shows in the statistics. Since 2009, the number of violent crimes involving stabbing weapons has almost quadrupled. It rose from 214 to 743. Tendency: rising. In Vienna alone, in the past seven days, knife attackers struck five times and injured people.
The 75 percent increase in knife attacks is due to “intracultural (Muslim) conflicts,” the Federal Criminal Police Office told ÖSTERREICH. According to police, since 2016 there have been 50 Afghans, 16 North Africans, 14 Chechens, 7 Iraqis, Iranians and Turks, 5 Syrians and 4 Somalis involved in stabbing.