A counselor for refugees in Saarbrücken was stabbed to death by one of his clients. The authorities are at pains to emphasize that this was not an act of terror. Just an ordinary, common-or-garden knife murder, where two people have a disagreement and one of them settles the matter with a blade. Happens all the time among ordinary Germans, right?
Saarbrücken. Deadly Knife attack at German Red Cross refugee counseling facility.
A 27-year-old Syrian is suspected of stabbing a counselor to death today at the counseling facility for refugees in Saarbrücken.
Allegedly the refugee got into an argument with the Red Cross counselor and then proceeded to stab the man to death, a spokesperson for the police told the Saarbrücker Zeitung. The counselor died on the site from his injuries. The 27-year-old was able to be arrested a short time thereafter near the facility. This was a verbal argument that escalated, said the spokesperson. “Terror is in no way even a factor here.”
Tweet from the Saarland Police:
Deadly #knifeattack against counselor towards 10 in counseling facility in #Burbach, 27-year-old suspected attacker arrested near facility.
At first there was no more detailed information about the victim available. According to the police, the Syrian man came to the Red Cross counseling facility for refugees and migrants that morning. The facility treats traumatized refugees and migrants in need. The alleged offender lives in Saarbrücken.
The Red Cross Facebook site says among other things:
Red Cross President Michael Burkert visited the place where it happened. He spoke with co-workers and answered questions by journalists. He expressed deep shock over the incident, and he also expressed his deepest condolences. The Red Cross is now looking after coworkers and family to help them deal with the incident. The crisis intervention team and the emergency pastoral services are offering their help. The Red Cross did not give any more detailed information, and they direct attention to the official police report.