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BERLIN — A person arrested over final week’s stabbing assault at a fitness center in western Germany during which 4 folks have been wounded is now additionally a suspect in a deadly stabbing earlier this month, prosecutors stated Thursday.

The 26-year-old Syrian, whom authorities are figuring out solely as M.D. according to German privateness guidelines, was arrested at his residence in Duisburg on Sunday in reference to the April 18 gym stabbing within the metropolis. He’s in custody on suspicion of tried homicide and different offenses.

Investigators initially stated that one of many victims in that incident appeared to have been focused. Earlier this week, nonetheless, they stated a assessment of the suspect’s cellphone indicated that “there might have been an Islamist motive.”

North Rhine-Westphalia state’s high safety official, Herbert Reul, advised a committee of the state legislature on Thursday that the suspect hadn’t talked in custody a couple of doable motive.

On Thursday, prosecutors within the close by metropolis of Duesseldorf stated the person was now additionally a suspect within the stabbing of a 35-year-old man in Duisburg within the early hours of April 9. The sufferer, who suffered a number of stab wounds, died just a few hours after the assault.

In an announcement, prosecutors stated DNA from the scene and the suspect’s sneakers linked him to that assault.

They didn’t make any new touch upon the motive.