German prosecutors said on Thursday that a man who seriously injured two girls in an attack at a school in Berlin may have been suffering from a drug-induced psychological illness.
Prosecutors said they were asking a court to hold the 38-year-old suspect in a mental hospital pending further investigation. The man, arrested by the officers on the spot, is being investigated for attempted murder and serious bodily harm.
“There are no indications of the suspect’s motive, but signs of a possibly drug-induced psychological illness are said to be present,” prosecutors said in a statement.
BERLIN SCHOOL KNIFE ATTACK SERIOUSLY INJURIES 2 GIRLS
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Prosecutors said the man admitted carrying out the attack on a private Protestant school in Berlin’s Neukoelln district on Wednesday afternoon, in which he stabbed two 7- and 8-year-old students with a kitchen knife.
Both children remain hospitalized with serious injuries. Prosecutors say the older boy’s condition is stable and is no longer in grave danger.
The school principal, Thorsten Knauer-Huckauf, said the suspect was not a member of the school community. He said students, staff and parents were “deeply affected and shocked” by the attack.