German police arrest suspect in rabbi stabbing

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14 September 2007, Frankfurt (dpa) - One week after a rabbi was stabbed on a busy Frankfurt street, German prosecutors Friday said a 22-year-old man of Afghan origin had been arrested and had confessed.

14 September 2007

Frankfurt (dpa) - One week after a rabbi was stabbed on a busy Frankfurt street, German prosecutors Friday said a 22-year-old man of Afghan origin had been arrested and had confessed.

He was caught late Thursday after he disclosed details of the attack in an internet forum monitored by police.

The prosecutors said he admitted the attack, but denied an intention to kill the 42-year-old rabbi in the September 7 knifing. He is accused of attempted manslaughter and causing grave bodily harm.

The rabbi is recovering from a serious stab wound to the abdomen.

Prosecutors, who had earlier described the attack as clearly anti-Semitic, said the suspect told interrogators he had pulled a knife during an angry encounter with the rabbi because he felt he was the physically weaker party.

He had been hunted in Frankfurt with a 4,000-euro (5,560-dollar) reward and an identikit picture based on witness reports.

Jewish and inter-faith groups swiftly condemned the attack, which happened while the rabbi was returning home from the synagogue with two friends. He was recognisable as a rabbi from his dress.

Accounts of the attack said the assailant, said in German: "Dirty Jew. I'll kill you."

Police earlier said the incident was a random encounter and did not appear to have been planned.

DPA

Subject: German news

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