Berlin stabbing: Two attacked by Afghan national with 'possible Islamist motivation'

AN AFGHAN national with “possible Islamist motivation” stabbed a female gardener in the neck because he didn’t believe a woman should be doing such a job, it has been claimed.

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The Attorney General office in Berlin tweeted this morning that the 29-year-old had been detained after a gardener and passerby were attacked in the Wilmersdorf part of the German capital. Both victims suffered “serious injuries” during the attack which happened in a park at around 1.30pm local time yesterday, Berlin police said.

In a statement, the force said the suspect approached the 58-year-old woman and reportedly attacked her because he did not believe a woman should be doing such a job.

The man is then said to have stabbed the gardener several times in the neck, leaving her with serious injuries.

A 66-year-old man saw the attack unfold and “rushed” to help the woman, German police said.

The suspect is said to have then attacked the Good Samaritan – also leaving him with serious injuries, a police statement claimed.

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The suspect has been detained

The suspect has been detained (Image: Google Maps/Getty)

Both victims were stabbed

Both victims were stabbed (Image: Getty)

Police later arrived and arrested the man on suspicion of having mental health issues. They are also looking into whether he had “Islamist motivation”.

According to a statement released this morning the suspect had been living in Germany since 2016.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office and the State Police Department of the State Criminal Police Office are conducting “extensive investigations” into the crime, it said.

The suspect is due to be brought before a judge later today.

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Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Image: Getty)

Both victims remain in hospital after being treated for their injuries, police said.

Angela Merkel’s government has faced repeated attacks since welcoming tens of thousands of refugees from countries including Syria in 2015.

According to the UN’s refugee agency, European countries now host more than a million Syrian asylum-seekers and refugees.

Around 70 percent of these are hosted in two countries, with Germany taking 59 percent and Sweden 11 percent.

A park in Wilmersdorf

A park in Wilmersdorf (Image: Wikipedia)

This huge influx of migrants has sparked a massive backlash – prompting the rise of populist far-right groups including Alternative for Germany.

As well as the sheer number of migrants, others claim that they often come from vastly different cultures which harbour archaic views on topics such as women’s rights and LGBT issues.

Despite this fury, outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted she has no regrets about the decision six years ago.

Afghan refugees

Germany has taken thousands of refugees since 2015 (Image: Getty)

Her likely successor Armin Laschet, the CDU’s party leader, has taken a different tact.

He recently warned against “repeating the mistakes of 2015” in an apparent bid to appease the outrage.

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