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Germany: Several killed and others injured in knife attack in Würzburg

Würzburg - A man from Somalia attacked several people with a knife - at least three people died and six others were injured, some seriously. The perpetrator was stopped by the police with a shot in the leg and is now in custody.

There is currently no longer any danger to the population, the police said. Areas in the city center are still blocked. There are many ambulances and numerous police vehicles on the streets.

Videos on social media show the alleged attacker, he is barefoot and armed with a long knife.
You can also see passers-by trying to stop him.

Screams can be heard, a man shouts: “He has just stabbed a woman.” Chairs are thrown as a result, and a man tries to stop the suspected knife man with a kind of stick.

The attacker flees, more than 20 men run after him. Then a police car with flashing lights appears and follows the angry crowd.

Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (64, CSU) is already in Würzburg. When he found out about the incident, he was in his office in Erlangen. At first nothing was known about the possible motives of the arrested person. The police said they were alerted around 5 p.m.

The perpetrator was a 24-year-old Somali who lives in Würzburg, reported Bild newspaper, citing police circles.

In the evening, Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) said, according to Focus Online, that the perpetrator had been noticed to be violent in recent months and had been in psychiatric treatment. He was known to the police. The minister told press representatives that the perpetrator shouted "Allahu Akbar" during the attack.

Sources: Bild / Junge Freiheit
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