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Germany: Somali attacker who killed 3 women in Würzburg claimed to be 8 years younger

As with many other migrants who have entered Germany and other European nations, the Somali chargd with three counts of murder lied about his real age, according to German authorities

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In June, a Somali attacked in Würzburg killed three women with a stolen knife and injured several others, some of them severely. Now, new details about the killer have come to light. Instead of 24, as he claimed, the migrant first registered in Germany in 2015 is reportedly 32 years old.

The memory of the terrible act is still fresh, writes Austrian news outlet eXXpress.at. In June, in the middle of downtown Würzburg, the Somali attacker killed three women with a knife he had stolen from a local shop. One woman was killed in a department store while protecting her 11-year-old daughter, who observed her mother stabbed to death in front of her. Three months later, new details about the perpetrator, originally assumed to be 24 years old, have become known. As with many other migrants who entered Germany, the man lied about his age when he entered the country, and is older than authorities first believed.

“We are currently assuming he is 32 years old,” said a spokesman of the Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office on Monday, confirming a report by the “Main-Post” that said the Somali was eight years older.

The attacker was reportedly first registered in Germany in 2015. When he entered the country, he stated that he was born in 1997, said the Public Prosecutor’s Office spokesman. Many migrants are known to lie about their age in order to avoid deportation and to obtain more favorable welfare benefits.

During a medical examination, which took place in mid-July, the Somali is said to have suddenly reported 1989 as his birth year. This does not change anything in the assessment of the act in Germany, said a spokesman of the Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office. However, his age may also have a bearing concerning criminal acts he may have committed before entering Germany.

The Public Prosecutor General in Karlsruhe had reviewed the case because the Somali allegedly killed civilians, journalists, and police officers for the terrorist organization Al-Shabaab in 2008 and 2009. However, there was no investigation because there were no concrete facts, and it was assumed that the Somali was under the age of criminal responsibility. However, with information coming to light that he lied about his age, it can no longer be ruled out that he was an adult when any alleged crime was committed while he was in Somalia.