A 28-year-old Syrian man living in Germany has stabbed his 36-year-old German-Kazakh roommate to death in broad daylight at the centre of a street in southern Stuttgart, police said in a statement. The perpetrator used a "sword-like" weapon, law enforcement reported, although some media outlets cited witnesses as seeing him armed with a machete.
According to eyewitnesses, the two men were arguing, with the suspected assailant repeatedly asking the victim "Why have you done that?" after which he grabbed the sword and stabbed his roommate. The reason for their conflict is still not known.
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Brutal sword attack in broad daylight in Stuttgart/Fasanenhof🇩🇪, victim (36 m) dies on the scene.— trutzblut (@trutzblut) August 1, 2019
Suspect escapes on bike, is caught later that evening.
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In several videos from the scene that have surfaced online, the attacker is seen stabbing the victim on the ground several times, then hacking off his arm and fleeing the scene.
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Video #2, from a different perspective: Sword killer hacking victim to pieces in Stuttgart/Fasanenhof. 😶— trutzblut (@trutzblut) August 1, 2019
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The perpetrator attempted to escape using a bicycle, but police, who were pursuing him by helicopter, were eventually able to capture him.
Following a major influx of refugees in 2015, mostly Syrians fleeing from instability in the Middle East, many European states, including Germany, have seen a rapid increase of knife attacks on the streets, often involving immigrant newcomers.
In a recent incident, an 18-year-old Syrian man reportedly injured a 41-year-old German with a knife. The attack spurred a wave of protests in the German city of Chemnitz against mass immigration. The protests took place nearly a year after similar rallies that followed the killing of a German carpenter at a music festival, which was reportedly committed by Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers.