They are not getting too much play in the American media, but there have been a pair of spree stabbings in Poland and Germany this weekend. In a town in southern Poland, a man wielding multiple knives attacked almost a dozen shoppers at a mall.
The 27-year-old wielding two knives attacked people at the VIVO! mall Friday afternoon in the southeastern town of Stalowa Wola. He was detained by shoppers and handed over to police.
Regional prosecution head Janusz Woznik says the man blamed society for his problems. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
Eight people were hospitalized, two of them in critical condition.
In Munich, Germany the perp was know to authorities – having a long list of assaults and other offenses.
A man with a knife attacked eight people in Munich on Saturday and then fled, police said. The suspected assailant, a local German already known to police for theft and other offenses, was arrested a few hours later.
No one was seriously hurt in the attack that started at around 8.30 a.m. in the Haidhausen area, east of downtown Munich. Police said they believe it was not a terror attack, they suspect instead that the assailant had psychological problems.
The lone attacker apparently went after passers-by indiscriminately with a knife, police said. He attacked eight people in all, including a 12-year-old child, at different sites. They mainly had superficial stab wounds and in at least one case had been hit.
About three hours later, police arrested a man matching a description they had issued based on witness reports. They said he was heavy, unshaven with short blond hair and had a black bicycle and a backpack.
The 33-year-old suspect, who was carrying a knife when he was arrested, was already known to police for bodily harm, drug offenses and theft, city police chief Hubertus Andrae told reporters.
There is not much that I can offer by way of commentary on these attacks. They are an unfortunate side effect of living in any society. I say that because these attacks occur with equal frequency in both free and totalitarian societies. Because unless an attack takes place in the presence of an armed agent of the State, the public are the first responders. It is a travesty when the State denies people their God-given right to bear the tools with which to defend themselves.