German authorities, like authorities all over the West, are unwilling to acknowledge the reality of Islamic jihad activity, even when the jihadi tells them that he was engaged in a jihad, as he did in this case. They have to find another explanation. “Mental illness” is the explanation of choice. This is, however, tantamount to saying that understanding core Islamic teachings and acting upon them is a sign of insanity. Expect no pushback from Islamic groups, however, as to protest this would be to acknowledge that Islamic jihad violence has something to do with Islam.
“Suspect in Würzburg knife attack sent to psychiatric hospital,” Euronews, July 20, 2021:
The suspect in a fatal knife attack in Würzburg has been sent to a psychiatric hospital, German investigators said.
Experts have determined that the 24-year-old Somali man may not be possible to hold him criminally responsible for his actions.
Three women were killed and six others — including an 11-year-old child — were injured in the attack outside a shop in the Bavarian city on June 25….
Investigators said after the attack that an Islamic extremist motivation appeared likely, since witnesses reported that the man twice shouted “Allahu akbar” and referred to “jihad” after his arrest.
But Bavaria’s state criminal police office and Munich prosecutors said on Tuesday that they found no propaganda or other extremist material after evaluating his phones….
Experts on deradicalisation and Islam are still evaluating “whether and to what extent religious convictions of the suspect might have played a role” in the attack, a statement read.
The suspect was immediately jailed after the stabbings, but a local court last week ordered that he be provisionally moved to a psychiatric hospital after an appraisal by experts raised doubt over whether he could be held criminally responsible….
Prosecutors have said two other incidents earlier this year had resulted in the suspect being sent briefly to a psychiatric hospital.
Germany’s Federal Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office has not been asked to investigate the attack, but the case is being monitored by the Bavarian Central Office for Extremism and Terrorism.