A 21-year-old man has taken the life of a woman with a machete and has wounded two other people before being arrested in the southern German city of Reutlingen.
The man is a Syrian asylum-seeker and is reported to have been involved in previous incidents causing injuries to other people, a police spokesman said.
Police revealed that the motive was not clear but there was no sign that the incident was a terrorist attack. The assailant was apparently acting alone, and “there is no danger to anyone else at this time”, the spokesman said.
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Witnesses said the man was having an argument with the woman before he attacked her at about 4:30pm on Sunday.
The spokesman did not have aby immediate information about the arrival of the man in Germany, or when the previous incidents unfolded.
It was the third act of violence against civilians in Germany since the last 10 days.
On Friday, an 18-year-old Iranian-German who was obsessed with mass killings shot dead nine people in Munich before turning his gun on himself as police approached.
On 18 July a 17-year-old who had sought asylum in Germany was shot dead by police after wounding four people from Hong Kong, some of them severely, with an axe on a train and injuring a local resident near the city of Wuerzburg.