Afghan Migrant Attacks Multiple People at German Anti-Islamization Rally

Sulaiman A., a 25-year-old Afghan migrant residing in Hesse, has been identified as the individual responsible for attacking multiple people at an anti-Islamization rally in Mannheim, Germany, on Friday. The rally was organized by the Citizens’ Movement Pax Europa (BpE), a counter-jihad group, to protest against Islamist extremism.

A video of the attack shows the Afghan national assaulting people at the rally. Several individuals, including a police officer who appeared to be stabbed in the neck while attempting to restrain the attacker, tried to subdue the suspect. A second police officer then shot the attacker, wounding him.

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser has raised the possibility that the attack could be Islamist-motivated, stating, “If the investigations reveal an Islamist motive, this would be a further confirmation of the great danger posed by Islamist acts of violence.”

The incident has underscored the ongoing issue of migrant-related crime in Germany. Data from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) showed that foreign migrants, who make up just 14.6 percent of the population, were involved in 58.5 percent of all violent crimes in the country.