On Friday, a man is said to have attacked several people with a knife at the Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences and injured four people. According to the public prosecutor’s office, a woman was in mortal danger on Friday evening. The alleged perpetrator was overpowered by students and held until police arrested him.

According to the findings of the investigators, the knife attack had no political background. A spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office in Dortmund told the German Press Agency that there were indications of a mental illness. The 34-year-old, who lived in a student residence, should therefore be examined by a psychiatrist on Saturday. He was probably a lone perpetrator, the police had said.

According to initial findings, the man went into the university building around 3:30 p.m. and attacked people in the corridors with his knife, according to the police. Then he headed for a lecture hall. There he was overwhelmed by the students.

The Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences has existed at the two locations in Hamm and Lippstadt since 2009. The campus in Hamm is in the east of the city. The focus is on engineering, natural sciences and economics as well as computer science. The university currently has 5,600 students at both locations.