11 Aug 2022 8:55 p.m
On Thursday morning, an employee of the Wuppertal Immigration Office was seriously injured in a knife attack. Her colleagues were able to overpower the alleged perpetrator and hold him until the police arrived. The attacker was arrested. The employee was taken to a hospital and is out of danger.
In Wuppertal, the authorities dealing with migration and refugees are housed in a “House of Integration”. According to press reports, an employee was seriously injured in a knife attack on Thursday morning. The city of Wuppertal said colleagues of the employee could have overpowered the alleged perpetrator and arrested him until the police arrived. A motive for the crime is not yet known, the city said, referring to the ongoing police investigation.
According to the police, the officers arrested a 20-year-old suspect. The police initially did not provide any further information about the person or the course of the crime. Noisy FOCUS online did the crime not take place in the job center, which is also housed in the “House of Integration”, but how Bild wrote, in the immigration office happened. According to police information, the 25-year-old victim is an employee of the authority. She was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but her life is not in danger. In fact, a knife was used. Investigators said the suspect was a 20- or 21-year-old Syrian (Bild). He jumped over the counter in the reception area and suddenly stabbed the employee.
Green mayor “very affected”, NRW interior minister “dismayed”
The Mayor of Wuppertal, Uwe Schneidewind (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), said: “I am very affected by this terrible attack”, he wishes the injured all the best for their recovery. cutting wind further:
“My great thanks and respect go to the colleagues who courageously intervened and overpowered the perpetrator without considering any possible danger to themselves. We will now do everything we can to ensure that all colleagues in the House of Integration receive the best possible support in the long term,”
according to the mayor. Opposite to dpa said North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU):
“I am dismayed by the brutal knife attack on the city employee in Wuppertal. People who work in public service for the public good should not have to go to work in fear. I wish the victim a speedy recovery.”
After the crime on Thursday, the Wuppertal police looked for other witnesses as well as possible photos and videos, referring to an information portal of the state police.
Authority remains closed for the time being
As the city of Wuppertal announced, the “House of Integration” was initially closed on Thursday. Normal service will not resume there on Friday either. After the assassination, ambulance workers provided psychological support to agency workers.
“This is a shock for all employees. Our thoughts are with the colleague, we send her our best wishes for recovery”,
explained the Wuppertal social department head Stefan Kühn.
Criticism of civil servants association
The “German Association of Civil Servants North Rhine-Westphalia” also condemned the attack with clear words and demanded recommendations for action for the municipalities from the black-green state government.
“Attacks on employees in the public sector are now rampant. Politicians can no longer take responsibility for this. The protection of employees in the public sector is a priority for supervisors and must therefore really become a top priority,”
said the state chairman Roland Staude.
The “Komba union NRW”, which is linked to the DBB civil servants’ association, spoke of an urgent need for political action:
“Violence against employees must not only be present in the minds of politicians again when such a terrible attack happens. We have been demanding a comprehensive security and protection concept for years and it is long overdue”,
explained the state chairman of the union, Andreas Hemsing. “We are deeply shocked and appalled by the knife attack on a municipal employee in Wuppertal. Our thoughts are with the colleague and the employees of the office,” he emphasized.
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