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The suspected perpetrator of a knife attack on a university campus in Germany was transferred to psychiatric treatment on Saturday when a victim fought for his life at the hospital, prosecutors said.
Three women and a man were injured in the incident Friday before other students managed to retain the attacker at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences.
The 34-year-old suspect, who had been armed with two kitchen knives, “randomly selected” the victims, Dortmund prosecutor spokesman Henner Kruse told reporters.
A 30-year-old assistant professor, who was among those attacked while attending a conference, was in the hospital in a critical condition and doctors feared the worst.
“The doctors are pretty much out of hope that she will recover,” he said.
A 22-year-old student had received eight stab wounds in the stomach and had to undergo emergency surgery, but her condition was not life-threatening.
The two other victims, a 22-year-old man and another young woman of the same age, were less seriously injured, he added.
The suspect, a student at the university in the West German town of Hamm, said after the attack that he had felt threatened by a group of students who, according to him, wanted to “wipe him out”.
He may have suffered from “paranoid schizophrenia” and “hallucinations,” Kruse said, adding that he had a long history of treatment for mental health problems.
Police had ruled out any political or religious motives for the attack, and an investigation had been launched into attempted murder and serious harm to him.
German suspected of stabbing sent to psychiatric hospital
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