Knife attack in German town kills three, suspect arrested


A man armed with a long knife killed three people and injured several others, some seriously, in the southern city of Wuerzburg on June 25 before being shot and arrested by police, German authorities said.

It is not known how many people were injured in the attack in a central part of the Bavarian city.

Police identified the suspect as a 24-year-old Somali living in Wuerzburg. His life was not in danger from his gunshot wound, they said.

Videos posted on social media showed pedestrians surrounding the assailant and holding him at bay with chairs and sticks.

A woman who said she witnessed the incident recounted German RTL television that the police then intervened.

“He had a really big knife with him and attacked people,” said Julia Runze.

“And then a lot of people tried to throw chairs, umbrellas or cellphones at him and arrest him,” she said, adding “The police then approached him and I think a shot was fired, you could hear it clearly. “

Police spokeswoman Kerstin Kunick said police were alerted around 5 p.m. of a knife attack in Barbarossa Square in the center of town.

Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder said he was shocked by the news of the attack. “We mourn the victims and their families,” he wrote on Twitter.

Police said on Twitter that there was no danger to the public. They declined to immediately provide further information and urged social media users to refrain from speculation.

Bavaria’s top security official, Joachim Herrmann, was on his way to Würzburg, a town of around 130,000 people located between Munich and Frankfurt.

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