Suspect held over Dresden murder is Isis recruiter

Two men in their fifties were attacked with a large kitchen knife as they walked through the city’s old town

The suspect, identified by local media as Abdullah al-HH, 20, is accused of having used a large kitchen knife to attack two men in their fifties as they walked through the city’s old town.

Both victims were seriously injured and one of them, a 55-year-old from Krefeld, in the Rhineland, later died in hospital. Their attacker fled the scene and remained at large for more than a fortnight before police made an arrest on Tuesday evening, apparently following traces of DNA that had been left on the murder weapon.

The man in custody was already known to the Dresden authorities as an Islamist, according to Der Spiegel. The city’s public prosecutor said the suspect had been released from juvenile prison only five days before the attack having served a sentence of two years and nine months for a serious criminal offence that endangers the state.

Abdullah al-HH is reported to have arrived in Germany during the migration crisis of 2015, but his asylum application was rejected and he became radicalised by Islamic State.

Two years ago Dresden’s higher regional court found him guilty of recruiting members for an overseas terrorist organisation, downloading an instruction manual for an act of terrorism and using the symbols of a banned group.

Pictures, videos and chat logs found on his phone showed that he had adopted a jihadist ideology since the early summer of 2017, increasingly turned towards ISIS, and ultimately became its supporter, according to a summary of the verdict. He told the court that he had planned an attack in Dresden in 2017.

Yesterday he was charged with murder, attempted murder and dangerous bodily harm. There is no information about what prompted the knife attack yet. The survivor, a 53-year-old man, is said to have recovered and returned to his home in Cologne.

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