In 2020, nearly 20,000 jobs were recorded in Germany. knife attacks, which amounts to about 50 such attacks a day, reports Welt am Sonntag (WaM), using information from the federal states’ interior ministries.
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They were classified as attacks acts of threatening, attempting or committing such an act against a person by using a knife – details WaM. Last year, the police recorded a total of 20,000. such attacks.
The media has repeatedly reported in the past months about the knife attacks in the centers of German cities . In late June, a man fatally stabbed three women in a department store in Wuerzburg, and in early November, an attacker attacked passengers on a train. Both perpetrators were migrants and were recognized as mentally ill by experts.
As WaM emphasizes, there are no national data on knife attacks, although it was decided to introduce this type of crime to the statistics already in 2018.
As the WaM found out, in 2020 the most knife attacks took place in North Rhine-Westphalia (5,411), Berlin (2,593) and Lower Saxony (2,377). All Länder provided figures with the exception of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
As a result of these attacks at least 100 people died . Much of the crime was related to domestic violence . In Lower Saxony and Bremen, family members or partners stood for approx. 19 percent. knife attacks, in Saxony – almost 10 percent. The most common places for knife attacks are parks and streets, as well as residential buildings.
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Another issue was taken into account in the study origin of the alleged perpetrators . Information on this was provided by 10 out of 16 federal states.
According to the WaM findings, 60.4 percent. perpetrators have German citizenship, and 39.6 percent. are citizens of other countries. Statistics also record persons who have come to Germany and are staying in the country legally or illegally (immigrants, asylum seekers, persons entitled to protection) – this group accounts for 17.4 percent. perpetrators.
“In several federal states, these statistics are topped by Syrians, who have submitted the most asylum applications in Germany in the last few years,” reports WaM.
Often the attacks with the use of a knife concern the perpetrators who are “on the verge of extremism and mental illness”. This is the case, for example, in the last case of a Syrian who stabbed train passengers with a knife.
“According to a preliminary psychiatric report, he was assessed as innocent. At the same time, investigators found him propaganda films from the terrorist Islamic State, “adds WAM.
With the exception of Brandenburg, the federal states have not yet introduced statistics on mental disorders in suspects. Holger Muench, head of the federal criminal police (BKA) announced that a special working group in the Länder “is currently dealing with such border cases”. The aim of these activities is to recognize the danger posed by mentally unstable people as early as possible.
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