After the fatal attack on two girls on the way to school in Illerkirchberg near Ulm, according to the Interior Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Thomas Strobl (CDU), there is no evidence of a political or religious motive.
The background to the crime, in particular the motive, is still unclear, Strobl said on Tuesday when he visited the crime scene.
He further said: "I would like to say very clearly at this point: We have no knowledge of any political or religious motivation for this crime."
Strobl called for prudence.
"This event must not be an occasion or a justification for hate and hate speech," he said.
“This crime must be clarified with all consequences.
The perpetrator must be punished with all consequences.
That will also happen.”
The alleged suspect remained silent on the allegations.
The man relied on his right to refuse to testify, confirmed a spokesman for the Ulm public prosecutor's office of the German Press Agency.
So far, the authorities have never noticed him committing violent crimes.
The man from Eritrea was only caught once as a dodger and otherwise not known to the police.
Still no information on the motive
The man attacked two girls on the way to school on Monday and seriously injured them, probably with a knife.
One of the victims, a 14-year-old girl, later died at the hospital.
An autopsy of the body should provide clues as to the exact cause of death.
The second, 13-year-old victim was medically cared for.
But the girl's psychological situation is difficult, said the spokesman for the public prosecutor's office.
In the meantime, it had learned that its girlfriend had been killed.
The 13-year-old was injured so badly that in her case there may also be suspicion of attempted murder.
The suspect was still in the hospital with serious injuries under police guard and operated on for hours.
There is still no information on the motive.
The public prosecutor's office is currently examining whether they have applied for an arrest warrant or whether there are indications of reduced or excluded criminal responsibility, which would possibly result in placement in a psychiatric clinic.
The spokesman for the public prosecutor's office said in the morning that he had no evidence of any mental impairment.
Suspect fled to refugee shelter
After the crime, the man fled to a refugee shelter, which he is said to have come from before the attack.
According to the information, there were two other men from Eritrea who took the officials to the office.
It was initially unclear whether they could provide information about what was happening and the possible motives of the 27-year-old.
The two men are now free again.
The suspicion against the two men has not been substantiated, said the spokesman for the public prosecutor's office.
A knife had been secured as a suspected crime and is now being investigated.
"Now the public prosecutor's office and the police are investigating why the two girls were attacked and whether the suspect and the two girls knew each other beforehand," the authorities said.
The act after which one of those attacked died could have a political dimension because an asylum seeker is considered a suspect here.
Several AfD politicians responded to this on Monday.
"We will fully clarify this terrible act," announced the Baden-Württemberg Minister of the Interior and Deputy Prime Minister Thomas Strobl.
The CDU politician wanted to visit the crime scene around noon together with the Turkish ambassador Ahmet Basar Sen.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, the girl killed had German citizenship and a Turkish migration background.
The ambassador came specially from Berlin by plane.
At 12.30 p.m., the ambassador and Strobl wanted to meet the local mayor in the local town hall and then gather at the crime scene for a minute's silence.