“It was probably something personal,” says the reporter.
The man was identified as a Syrian asylum seeker, aged 21, who was previously known to law enforcement, the local police department said in a statement.
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The motives of the man are still unclear.
The perpetrator apparently had no links to any terrorist organization, according to police. “Given the current evidence, there is no indication that this was a terrorist attack,” police said in a statement, as quoted by Reuters.
The man had an argument with a woman near the central bus terminal in Reutlingen, and during the altercation severely injured the woman using a machete.The woman died of her injuries at the scene, police said.
attacker running around
women frantically on the phone pic.twitter.com/aLQoxbjWlZ
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The perpetrator was then detained near the scene “in minutes” after the incident but managed to injure another woman and a man, police added.
The eye witnesses described the attacker to Bild as “fully insane,” adding that he tried to attack a police car with his machete.
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The perpetrator acted alone and there is no further threat to the public, police added.
Photos posted on social media show the alleged perpetrator lying on the ground, restrained by police officers.
The attack comes two days after a gunman killed nine people and injured over 30 in a shopping mall shooting spree in Munich.