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 Post Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 4:38 am 
Tamil man who killed German 'spoke to God'

Reuters

STUTTGART, Germany, April 5: A Tamil man wielding a Samurai sword who killed a woman and injured three others in an attack on a German church claimed he spoke to God, police in the southwestern city of Stuttgart said on Monday.
The 25-year-old struck out at worshippers at random during a church service on Sunday killing a 43-year-old woman, seriously injuring a man and a woman and severing a man's hand. All the victims were Tamils.

The attacker also had a pistol on him and was still carrying the sword when police apprehended him with pepper spray.

During questioning there were signs the attacker had psychiatric problems, a police spokesman said.

"He admitted among other things that he spoke to God."

The man from the Stuttgart region had previously behaved aggressively in the church and was now being held in a psychiatric unit, police added.

Around 65 worshippers, mostly Tamils of Sri Lankan origin, were attending the afternoon service at the Protestant church when the man lashed out.

Germany has witnessed a series of samurai sword attacks over the past year, including the decapitation of a mother by her son, an attack on several hikers by a camouflaged man in a forest near Berlin, and the killing of a weapons shop owner by a man who had just bought a sword.


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