The incident occurred Sunday evening in Oberhausen, a city in the Western part of Germany near Essen and Dusseldorf. The photograph above shows the city's central canal promenade.
The attack and the response to it follows the now well-known pattern:
- Sudden random attack
- "Allahu Akbar!"
- Suspect described as mentally ill
- Motivation unknown but police are investigating
Let us remember, however, that while the pattern is not new, this attack, like every one before it, involves real people. A husband and wife were peacefully enjoying music at a picnic. A few minutes and a few "Allahu Akbar"s later, they were both presumably covered in blood. The wife may die.
From The Sun:
Woman fighting for life after knifeman screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ attacked couple at German music festival
Cops arrest 26-year-old man who slashed couple with picnic knife as seriously injured hubby overpowered him
A MAN screamed “Allahu Akbar” as he attacked a couple with their own picnic knife at a German music festival.
A 66-year-old woman, believed to be the other victim’s wife, is fighting for her life.
Her 57-year-old husband was seriously injured but managed to overpower the attacker who was then arrested by police officers in Oberhausen.
The attack took place just after 7pm on Saturday evening near Stadion Niederrhein,
Police officers say the suspect is a 26-year-old from Duisburg, Germany.
Local media said the man went on a “rampage” at the canal side music event.
He harassed several daytrippers before snatching a knife from the floor where the victims were enjoying a riverbank picnic.
He was tackled by the injured man as well as a cop and fireman.
Police said the man arrested was homeless and on drugs, but have not rules out a “political motivation”.
Cops secured the weapon and the attacker is due to face a judge later today.
Several revellers at the riverside event were treated for shock.
The attacker was also taken to hospital for minor injuries before being transported to jail.