Man Hacked to Death with a Sword by Syrian Migrant on German Street
Germany rocked by horrific public murder on streets on Stuttgart
A man has been hacked to death with a "samurai sword" during a brutal public murder in the middle of a German street, according to reports.
Police have confirmed that a Syrian migrant was arrested after the victim was hacked to death in Stuttgart on Thursday afternoon in front of horrified onlookers.
Authorities have yet to name the victim, but he's believed to be a 36-year-old Germany citizen of Kazakh origin.
Investigators confirmed a man was killed in the road in the German city Fasanenhof district with a "sword-like object" that witnesses described as a samurai weapon.
Screaming witnesses tried in vain to save the man as he was hacked at by his attacker, but he died at the scene.
The suspect reportedly fled the scene on a bicycle but was quickly captured following a frantic police helicopter pursuit.
Officers also found a "sword-like object" discarded in a bush near the scene, that is thought to be the murder weapon.
The attack took place in front of dozens of witnesses and was filmed by passers-by on mobile phones from multiple angles, and saw a man lying on the floor and being repeatedly hacked at and stabbed with a sword, reports German newspaper Bild.
Video recordings from the scene show the victim lying helpless as the attacker raises the weapon above his head, reportedly bringing it down on the head and upper chest of the victim repeatedly.
Witnesses can be heard screaming and calling for police in the background.
#Breaking: Just in - A Syrian migrant has killed a German local citizen in the city of #Stuttgart in #Germany with a sword like weapon, the person killed received so many slashes and stabs that the person would not be recognizable anymore. pic.twitter.com/7hTZ1S3Q91— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) August 1, 2019
The perpetrator fled the scene on a bicycle and was given chase by police officers supported by a helicopter.
The suspect was reported by regional newspaper Neue Ruhr Zeitung to be a 28-year-old man of Syrian migrant origin who arrived in Germany in 2015.
According to Breitbart, he has been arrested and will appear in court on Friday afternoon.
The suspect is being interrogated by police with the assistance of an interpreter.
Neue Ruhr Zeitung further reports the suspect and the Kazakh-origin victim were known to each other, having previously been roommates.
A police spokesman appealed to members of the public to stop sharing videos of the attack on social media, warning it could have “criminal consequences.”
Although the attacker was reported to have repeatedly shouted “why did you do that?” at his victim during the killing, no motive is yet known.
The savage attack hit the headlines as Germany remained in a national discussion triggered by another shocking act of migrant violence which took place on Monday.
Forty-year-old African migrant Habte Araya was arrested after attempting to push three people underneath a moving express train at Frankfurt central station.
An elderly woman fell on the station platform and received light injuries, but a mother and her eight-year-old son fell onto the tracks where the child was killed instantly.
The migrant allegedly responsible for the attack had previously been hailed as an example of successful migrant integration into European society.