Dusseldorf axe attacker from “former Yugoslavia,” police say no indication of a terrorist motive, “mental health problems”

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“Former Yugoslavia”? Why are police being so vague? Might the attacker come from Bosnia or Kosovo? After so much denial, police simply can’t be trusted when they say there was no terrorist motive and that the man had mental health problems — they say that virtually every time there is a terror attack. This might indeed not be one, but the police statements do not inspire confidence.

“Man arrested after injuring seven people in Düsseldorf axe attack,” Guardian, March 9, 2017:

A man was arrested after injuring seven people with an axe at Düsseldorf’s main train station on Thursday night, police have said.

In a statement, they described the man as a 36-year-old from the former Yugoslavia who apparently had mental health problems. Police said three of the victims were seriously injured, with the others suffering minor injuries. The suspect was also injured.

Earlier, a spokesman for federal police had said two people were arrested and further attackers might be on the run. This was later corrected by police who confirmed only one arrest.

Police said there was no indication of a terrorist motive behind the attack….

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