This 75-year-old man has been blinded in one eye by a Somali who shouted “Allahu Akbar” and repeatedly punched him as the pensioner walked home after playing dominoes in his favourite pub.
The pensioner, identified as 75-year-old Detlef J., had just visited his regular haunt ‘Oki’s Bar’ in front of the train station in Offenburg, a city in the south-western German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, when the horrific attack took place.
On his way home after a fun night playing a game of dominoes with pals, a man suddenly attacked the unfortunate pensioner for no apparent reason.
A witness saw how the man “beat the pensioner on the ground” while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (Arabic for “God is great”).
The witness alerted the cops, who quickly arrived on the scene and managed to arrest the attacker.
Detlef J., who had just lost his life partner a year earlier, was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
According to reports, the pensioner’s face was smashed in and he has lost the sight in his left eye.
The suspect has been identified as a 25-year-old Somalian asylum seeker Ali M.
He arrived in Germany in 2015 and received the status of recognised refugee in 2017.
Ali M., who lives in a shelter in the neighbouring state of Hesse, was reportedly in Offenburg by sheer coincidence that day.
According to local media, police investigators believe he was kicked off a train after being caught fare dodging and left at Offenburg’s main railway station.
However, it is still unknown why Ali M. decided to attack the pensioner outside the station.
The suspect is also linked to an alleged attack on a taxi driver one day earlier in the nearby city of Freiburg.
Ali M. is currently locked up in investigative custody on suspicion of attempted manslaughter and GBH. He has so far not given a statement about the attack.