German authorities are looking into a possible political motive for a stabbing which took place ahead of local elections in the western town of Stolberg, officials said on Monday. The victim’s father, a Turk, appeared on a campaign ad for the anti-Muslim immigration AfD party.
DW A 21-year-old Iraqi Muslim has been arrested in connection to the incident. Officials believe he stabbed a German national with a Turkish background early on Sunday, hours before polls were set to open.
The attacker was an Iraqi man with a German passport who is said to have contacts in the Islamic extremist scene, according to the Bild newspaper. Even before the act, he had been classified as a “test case” by the state security and is now considered a threat, the Der Taggespiegl reported.
The attacker allegedly opened a car door while the victim was inside the vehicle and stabbed him in the arm. He reportedly shouted “Allahu akbar” during the incident.
German police in the city of Braunschweig resorted to horses, dogs, pepper spray and batons to quell hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside a state party conference of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Saturday.
According to a police statement, an organization entitled “Alliance against the Right” formed blockades to prevent delegates from attending the conference. This led to “verbal and physical abuse” of some of the estimated 500 attendees.
The 23-year-old survived but sustained “serious injuries” which required emergency surgery.
According to the authorities, the victim’s father is Turkish and had previously appeared in a political ad for the conservative AfD party. The father was shown with a group of people including the local AfD leader, Hans Wolf, and a caption reading “German Turks also want change.”
Completely disproportionate use of the police in the #AfD -Demo in #Braunschweig Attack dogs and pepper spray despite peaceful blockade
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