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Man detained after stabbing picnicking couple in Germany

28 August 2016, 20:57

Berlin — Police say a 26-year-old man has been detained after stabbing a picnicking couple in western Germany.

Oberhausen police say the suspect was overpowered by one of his victims, a 57-year-old man who was seriously injured in the late Saturday attack. The other victim, a 66-year-old woman, suffered life-threatening injuries.

Police spokesperson Andreas Wilming-Weber said on Sunday that one of the victims said the suspect had shouted "Allahu akbar!" ("God is great" in Arabic) during the attack. But Wilming-Weber said no other witnesses heard the phrase and there was "no indication of any political motive".

The suspect, a German citizen, appeared to have been under the influence of drugs and was taken to a psychiatric clinic after questioning.

- AP

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