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The alleged perpetrator of a knife attack on a train in Germany in November 2021, which left several seriously injured, acted on the basis of "Islamist convictions", the Munich prosecutor's office announced on Monday.

After an investigation by the Bavarian Office for Combating Extremism and Terrorism, "it turned out that the defendant's guilt could be assumed and that he had acted on the basis of Islamist extremist convictions", indicates the prosecution in a press release.

Investigation taken over by the Federal Prosecutor's Office in Karsruhe

The investigation is therefore taken over by the federal prosecutor's office in Karlsruhe, which has jurisdiction in terrorism matters.

The attack carried out on November 6 in a high-speed train between Passau and Hamburg left four injured, several of them seriously.

The alleged perpetrator of the attack was arrested in the process and initially interned in psychiatry.

But a psychiatric report has since established that the suspect was aware of his actions at the time of the events.

The man, who was 27 at the time, was therefore transferred to a penitentiary center.

“The complete and thorough assessment of the data carriers seized (from the suspect) and the witness interviews, furthermore provided important clues indicating that the act was indeed based on an extremist Islamist belief referring to the Islamic State group”, add parquet.

However, the suspect does not seem to have been "organized into this structure or 'directed' by it," he said.

Germany, which has placed far-right terrorism at the forefront of threats to its security, has been the scene of several Islamist attacks in recent years.

The deadliest was carried out in December 2016 in a ram truck at a Christmas market in central Berlin.


Germany: Three seriously injured in a knife attack on a train in Bavaria


Germany: Knife attack on fast train may have 'Islamist' motive, prosecutors say

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